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North Dakota Veterans Oppose Veterans for Standing Rock

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 1st, 2016

By C.S. Hagen
FARGO
– As thousands of US veterans prepare to converge on Standing Rock, North Dakota Veterans took a step back.

They’re remaining neutral. Their stance nationally is not popular, Chairman of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council Russel Stabler said during a press conference. And they’re adamantly opposed to any North Dakota veteran joining Veterans for Standing Rock movement set to arrive on December 4. The North Dakota Veterans organization also refuses to…

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​Standing Rock’s Invisible Enemy

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 30th, 2016

Cannonball Sacred Stone Camp - photo provided by Terry Wiklund

OCETI SAKOWIN – An invisible enemy – streaming the airwaves – haunts Standing Rock’s supporters. The nemesis’ presence has long been felt inside the camps opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, but few had proof of its existence until recently.

Cell phone and live streaming problems were jokes, hidden behind nervous chuckles. Then people began pointing to the ubiquitous airplane circling on the hour, nearly every hour, wondering if their sudden connection issues were created by…

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​State Drops Attempted Murder Charge Against No DAPL Activist

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 28th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen
BISMARCK - State charges were dropped against Red Fawn Fallis Monday, but felony charges were filed against the No DAPL activist in federal court.

“This is the first DAPL-related case we’ve had in federal court,” Head Federal Public Defender for North and South Dakota Neil Fulton said.

The state dropped the attempted murder charge against Fallis, according to Morton County Clerk of Court. Instead, she will be tried for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon in…

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​“Cavalry of Peace” is Coming

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 26th, 2016

Photo provided by morton county sheriffs department

By C.S. Hagen
CANNONBALL
– A flurry of activity followed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers threat to Standing Rock that the tribe has 9 days left to evacuate camps situated against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The letter means nothing to us,” Nick Tilsen, co-founder of the Indigenous People’s Power Project, said. “Indigenous people are here to stay, and we’re not going to move unless it’s on our own terms, because this is our treaty land, this is our ancestral land, and this…

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​Standing Rock Given Deadline: Move or Else

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 26th, 2016

Turtle hill, cantapeta creek, law enforcement has now stretched razor wire across the bank opposite oceti sakowin - photo provided by digital smoke signals

By C.S. Hagen
BISMARCK
– Standing Rock and supporters have 10 days to move camps, or face possible mass arrests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Friday.

“This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protestors and enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions,” U.S. Army Corps of…

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​“Go Home”

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 23rd, 2016

Activist on the front lines - photo by liz george

By C.S. Hagen
BISMARCK – The day before President Obama pardoned the Thanksgiving Turkey, Peace Garden State leaders told Standing Rock and the tribe’s supporters that North Dakota has had enough.

“It’s time for them to go home,” Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary said to the activists camped outside of Standing Rock. “I thank the visitors for coming, making their message known. It’s loud and clear… It has been profound, and we understand. No more productive messaging can really…

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North Dakota Nice: Police Chiefs Kick Women Out of Restaurant

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 23rd, 2016

By C.S. Hagen
MANDAN – Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler called Liz George and Kana Newell over to their table while they were eating at the Chinese restaurant Rice Bowl.

And then, in true “North Dakota nice” spirit, they kicked them from the premises. Before kicking the two women out, they threatened arrest. George was wearing her “Water is Life” badge on the back of her clothing.

“We were eating dinner and on our way out of Mandan when two…

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White Cloud: more than a tourist attraction

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 22nd, 2016

By C.S. Hagen
cshagen@hpr1.com

The day White Cloud was born on July 10, 1996, ranchers thought she was a trash bag.

“They thought it was a grocery bag lying out there,” said Ken Shirek. Shirek is the owner of Shirek Buffalo Farm in Michigan, North Dakota, and also a director of the North Dakota Buffalo Association. “And they were going to go pick it up and then it took off. It looked way weird.”

White Cloud lived 20 years, passing away quietly in her sleep Monday, November 14,…

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​Woman injured at Backwater Bridge may lose arm

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 22nd, 2016

 Riot police spray activists at backwater bridge - photo by rob wilson photography

By C.S. Hagen
cshagen@hpr1.com

The woman who nearly had her arm blown off Sunday night at the Backwater Bridge standoff is in stable condition, according to the Standing Rock Medic Healer Council.

Sophia Wilansky, 21, from New York, was hauling drinking water to activists near the front line when a concussion grenade thrown by law enforcement hit her left arm and exploded, according to medic reports.

Law enforcement denies the accusation, claiming a Coleman propane explosion wounded…

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Warning Graphic Content

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 21st, 2016

Injury photo by kevin gilberttPictures of injuries stemming from sunday nights activities - photo provided by steve gross

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