On Saturday in North Dakota, security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they resisted the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction.
Water protector 1: “This guy maced me in the face. Look, it’s all over my sunglasses. He just maced me in the face.”
Water protector 2: “These people are just—were threatening all of us with these dogs. And she, that woman over there, she was charging him, and it bit somebody right in the face.”
Amy Goodman: “The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth.”
Water protector 2: “And she’s still standing here threatening us.”
Amy Goodman: “Why are you letting her dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood.”
Water protector 3: “Over there, with that dog. I was like walking. [She] throwed the dog on me and straight, even without any warning, you know? Look at this. Look at this.”
Amy Goodman: “That dog bit you?”
Water protector 3: “Yeah, the dog did it, you know? Look at this. It’s there.”
The Dakota Access pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oil field to Illinois. The pipeline has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has also sued the U.S. government over the pipeline’s construction. On Friday, lawyers for the tribe filed documents showing how the very land where Dakota Access would bulldoze on Saturday was, in fact, a tribal burial site. Today, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., will decide whether to grant a temporary restraining order prohibiting further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in the area near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, until this same judge rules on the tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. government, which is expected by Friday. We’ll have more on the standoff at Standing Rock and today’s hearing in D.C. with tribal chairman Dave Archambault and others later in the broadcast.