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​Hundreds injured at Backwater Bridge

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

By C.S. Hagen
cshagen@hpr1.com

An all-night battle at Backwater Bridge between police and Standing Rock activists left hundreds injured, according to camp medics.

Morton County Sheriff’s Department has reported it planned to remove a blockade on Highway 1806, but has done nothing for three weeks, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, said. Instead, when activists attempted to move the blockade, they were met with potentially deadly force.

“They did say they were…

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​The Thin Black Line

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 19th, 2016

North dakota highway patrol logo - photo by c.s. hagen

By C.S. Hagen
BISMARCK
– North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson’s police radio crackled to life; Standing Rock activists were caravanning toward Bismarck.

Troopers patrolling alongside the convoy stayed in constant contact over the radio, watching to see if the activists split up.

We’ve lost the front part of the convoy,” a voice on the police radio said.

A bulletproof vest and a black cudgel were stowed in the cruiser’s back seat. Iverson’s government-issued Glock…

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Medical Marijuana Legalized

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 17th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen

cshagen@hpr1.com

Election results shocked the nation last week, but it was Measure 5, the legalization of medical marijuana that took the state by surprise.

Medical marijuana, now legal in North Dakota and not considered recreational, will take some time to implement, but patients are already hounding the phones for information. Fargo native Riley Ray Morgan initiated the measure, and it passed with 64 percent of the vote.

“It’s a good day to be alive,” Morgan said. “I…

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​No DAPL National Day of Action: 29 Arrested in North Dakota

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen
FARGO
– From San Francisco to Washington D.C., Maine and Massachusetts to Arizona, Mandan to Fargo, tens of thousands of activists marched against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday in a nationwide call to action initiated by the Standing Rock Sioux.

The No DAPL National Day of Action was issued before a long-awaited victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and supporters, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers temporarily denied Energy Transfer Partners the rights to…

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​ND Capitol Under Soft Lockdown, Army Corps Halts DAPL Construction

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 14th, 2016

Dapl employee brandishes handgun before driving truck through crowd By C.S. Hagen
BISMARCK – The Peace Garden State’s capital city was partially locked down Monday as Standing Rock and approximately 500 supporters hit the city’s streets in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Balkowitsch, a wet plate photographer, watched his son’s choir concert later Monday evening sing “This Land is Your Land,” and could only feel sadness during the performance.

“You see, just four hours before at this same school there was a mandatory ‘shelter…

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No Rest for Police and Standing Rock on Veterans Day

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 11th, 2016

Activists at backwater bridge - photo by c.s. hagen

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – Standing Rock activists marched on three locations early Friday morning Veterans Day, shutting down highways and rural roads, law enforcement report. A fourth march shut down Highway 6 north of St. Anthony Friday afternoon.

Approximately 30 activists were arrested, North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson said. Morton County Sheriff’s Department reported a total of 33 arrested. Work along the Dakota Access Pipeline was halted.

Law enforcement responded to…

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Standing Rock: “A Change is Coming”

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 10th, 2016

Welcome to standing rock - photo by c.s. hagen

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – Winds are changing, blowing from the south. Ants are returning early to their hives. The seasons are beginning to shift counter-clockwise, former Standing Rock historic preservation officer Tim Mentz Sr. said.

“Today with the elements, they’re changing,” Mentz said. He spoke during a Standing Rock testimonial hearing at Prairie Knights Casino on Wednesday. “Natural law is changing, and the change is coming now.

“If it goes south, devastation is going…

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HPR exclusive: Julie Fedorchak interview

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

By C. S. Hagen cshagen@hpr1.com

HPR Columnist Jim Fuglie, past Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, thought that “The rest of the North Dakota statewide races feature a lackluster slate of candidates on both sides, none of whom I can see with much more than a long shot at future political stardom in North Dakota, with the possible exception of Republican Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak.

“She (and all the other Republicans on the statewide ballot)…

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​DAPL Mobilizes to Dig under Lake Oahe

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 8th, 2016

Law enforcement on top of Turtle Hill south of the DAPL drill pad - photo provided by Morton County Sheriff's Department

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – In two weeks, Dakota Access Pipeline promises it will begin drilling across the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.

In a statement released on national election day, Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, said it was “mobilizing horizontal drilling equipment to the drill box site… Dakota Access remains confident that it will receive the easement for these two strips of land adjacent to Lake Oahe in a time frame that will not result in…

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Clergy Arrested for Defending Standing Rock

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 4th, 2016

Fourteen clergy arrested at north dakota capitol, four more at governors mansion - facebook photograph

By C.S. Hagen

BISMARCK – Nineteen clergy and activists were arrested Thursday evening in the Peace Garden State’s capital; seventeen were sent to jail.

Activists said it was “just another day at Standing Rock.”

The arrests occurred in Bismarck, 45 miles away from Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires camp near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, at the Capitol Building, and at Governor Jack Dalrymple’s mansion.

Earlier in the day, more than 500 clergy from 20 denominations including…

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