Meanwhile, in more updates from North Dakota, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol have shut down a section of Highway 1806—the main highway leading to the resistance camps. The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a temporary no-fly zone for the airspace above the resistance camps for all aircraft except for those used by law enforcement. This order means Native Americans can no longer fly drones to document police activity, but the police can continue to fly their surveillance drones and helicopters. This comes as water protectors report the pipeline’s construction is now only about a half-mile west of Highway 1806 and that the company is continuing to build eastward toward the highway and then to the Missouri River. On Wednesday, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson traveled to North Dakota to support the pipeline protesters.
Rev. Jesse Jackson: “Native Americans have been victims of protracted genocide and broken treaties and dishonored commitments. We must measure our character by how we treat Native Americans.”