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“Battle” for Backwater Bridge Ends Peacefully

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 29th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen

CANNON BALL – The battle for Backwater Bridge erupted hours after law enforcement cleared “Treaty Camp,” arresting 142 people and pushing activists back two miles making room for Dakota Access Pipeline construction. Two Dakota Access trucks and one vehicle were set on fire near the bridge; an electronic billboard sat charred between them making the road impassable.

“It was a very active and tense evening as law enforcement worked through the evening to clear…

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​Officials Storm Treaty Camp, Some Activists Fight Back

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 27th, 2016

The police line at the frontlines - photo by  sacheen seitcham

CANNONBALL – One footstep at a time, law enforcement pushed activists south of their “line in the sand,” overruning the “Treaty Camp,” and arresting 117 by early evening.

Approximately 250 activists held firm, singing native songs, burning sweetgrass and tobacco, against heavily armed law enforcement. Some chained themselves to approaching machinery. Others yelled back at an officer on a megaphone, who, according to the Indigenous Environmental Network, was telling activists to…

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​The Law Strikes Back

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 27th, 2016

Activists versus the law on highway 1806

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – Hundreds of heavily-armed law enforcement officials marched on activists at their “Treaty Camp” Thursday morning.

“Hold the line, be brave,” an activist called out.

A massive fire was set at the activists’ frontline barricade on Highway 1806. Thick black smoke billowed toward approaching police, halting their advance. Two more barricades were erected further south; the third built along a county road number 134 to prevent or slow down a flanking…

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Senator Heitkamp Overseas

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 26th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen

cshagen@hpr1.com

As North Korea closes in on its nuclear capabilities, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp participated in an official U.S. Senate “fact-finding trip” to examine the nation’s missile defense capabilities.

Heitkamp has returned from a 10-day trip through Alaska, South Korea, Japan, Guam, and Hawaii, investigating active defense systems currently in use. She also worked to strengthen ties with national and international government leaders of allied countries,…

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“Line in the Sand”

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

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – Energy Transfer Partners is attempting to pull Morton County’s legal strings. A statement released by the Texas-based company on Tuesday demanded activists to vacate company-owned lands, or face the consequences.

“Lawless behavior will not be tolerated,” the company stated. “Alternatively and in coordination with local law enforcement and county/state officials all trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and removed from the…

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​Attack Dog Handlers in the Wrong, No Charges Pending, Lawyers Threatened by FBI

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

By C.S. Hagen

MANDAN – An investigation launched by Morton County Sheriff’s Department has proven the dog handlers on September 3 were not properly licensed to perform security work in the Peace Garden State.

But because security personnel cannot be identified, no charges are forthcoming from county law enforcement, according to Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

“Through this investigation it has become evident that many security companies have been hired to do security work for…

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Highway 1806

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2016

Highway 1806 - photo by C.S. Hagen

By C.S. Hagen

CANNONBALL – Highway 1806 is more than a road to Standing Rock activists.

The pitched hills dotted with wild sage, the roaming buffalo herds, the listless ponds hedged by crooked elms, are postcard perfect, revealing nothing of the racial hatred and violence the lands have seen in the past 200 years.

“1806 is more than the number of the highway,” Rissa Williams, an activist said. “It is the year of their mindset.”

Mindset of the Peace Garden State, Williams said.

She…

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​Standing Rock Sioux Chief Condemns Crackdown

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 24th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen

CANNON BALL – The head of state, chief, and chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, called upon the U.S. Department of Justice for an injunction against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday morning.

“We are disappointed to see that our state and congressional delegations and Governor Jack Dalrymple have failed to ensure the safety and rights of the citizens engaged in peaceful protests who were arrested on Saturday,” Archambault said in a…

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​Stripped, But Still Standing Strong

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

By C.S. Hagen

Photos by Rob Wilson Photography

CANNONBALL – An ancient, bloodless war fuels the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy. It’s a war of words and aged rhetoric; a war of cultures beckoning back the “good old days” of Manifest Destiny and settlers versus the Indians.

Fear the scalp-taking Indian, the Peace Garden State appears to be saying; save the peaceful colonial homesteader. Little is ever mentioned by official sources about the Native Americans’ side of the story.…

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​Trumpeteers

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 20th, 2016

By C.S. Hagen

cshagen@hpr1.com

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s recent political setbacks, most North Dakota Republican leaders still plan to vote for Donald J. Trump on November 8, and not November 28 as Trump recently told an audience.

Governor Jack Dalrymple R-N.D., and Congressman Kevin Cramer R-N.D., both support Trump for commander-in-chief, and both have been appointed to roles in Trump’s advisory boards. In August, Senator John Hoeven R-N.D. declared he also backs…

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