In North Dakota, 76 water protectors fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline were arrested Wednesday, after militarized police raided a new protest camp set up on historic Sioux treaty land. The Last Child Camp was established on the west side of Highway 1806 near the main Oceti Sakowin Camp. The land is now owned by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline. This is water protector and former North Dakota congressional candidate Chase Iron Eyes.
Chase Iron Eyes: “We just established a new camp called the Last Child’s Camp in honor of Crazy Horse, who created that warrior society in 1873.”
Chase Iron Eyes was among the dozens arrested Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers appears poised to grant the final permit required for Energy Transfer Partners to finish construction. A group of military veterans, called Veterans Stand, has vowed to stop the construction of the pipeline. Meanwhile, a jury in Morton County has convicted eight water protectors of misdemeanor charges related to the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline. In more Dakota Access news, a Seattle City Council committee has voted to divest $3 billion in city funds from Wells Fargo, amid concerns about Wells Fargo’s investments in the pipeline. The full Seattle City Council will vote on the legislation Monday.