February 17, 2017 update: The source for this article, Anarchic News, lists the Facebook group AIM North West as the origin of this ‘shoot on sight’ statement. This Facebook group is now closed, and we are unable to verify its accuracy. The full text of the North Dakota Governor’s Executive Order, which has since been removed from the nd.gov website, is as follows:
Dalrymple Declares an Emergency exists in Southwest and South Central North Dakota
Signed August 19, 2016
I, Jack Dalrymple, Governor of the State of North Dakota, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim an emergency exists in Southwest and South Central North Dakota.
WHEREAS, an emergency was declared by the Morton County Board of Commissioners on August 15, 2016, due to unlawful activity occurring at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, requiring additional manpower, resources and other expenditures; and
WHEREAS, the impact of continuing unlawful activity could threaten the health, safety and well-being of the general public, protesters and first responders who are committed to protecting life and property; and
WHEREAS, a significant public safety concern is present due to illegal protesting activities which cannot be mitigated with resources on hand; and
WHEREAS, the rule of law must be enforced to protect the general public, protesters, and first responders from those who engage in illegal activity; and
WHEREAS, our citizens have the right to peacefully and lawfully assemble and protest, and the State of North Dakota is committed to protecting those rights; and
WHEREAS, additional state resources are necessary to help relieve conditions of distress that remain hazardous to the safety and welfare of the citizens of North Dakota; and
WHEREAS, the cost of response may be in excess of available resources.
NOW, THEREFORE, I order total utilization of the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) in response to the situation, in order to assist local and tribal officials, to implement appropriate law enforcement actions and future mitigation measures to maintain peace and order, and to limit hardships and impacts caused by the emergency.
This order is issued upon the following basis and for the following reasons:
The Governor is vested with the executive authority pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the North Dakota Constitution; and,
The Governor is vested with statutory authority to issue executive orders to minimize or avert the effects of a disaster or emergency pursuant to Chapter 37-17.1 of the North Dakota Century Code; and,
A coordinated and effective effort of appropriate government departments is required to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies in this state; and,
Continuing unlawful activity which could threaten the health and safety of our citizens, to which State support is needed to mitigate risk to individuals.
Executed at Bismarck, North Dakota, this 19th day of August, 2016.
While Trump is busy targeting Mexicans and Muslims, his new adviser and current governor of North Dakota has just given the green light to “shoot on sight” Indigenous tribes that are peacefully protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline, according to Anarchic News.
Please share this with the world let them know how they are treating us… we are not terrorist! We are defending the land and the water! Protecting out future!
Latest news that isn’t out there yet is that last night hundreds of cops from various agencies came with lots of flatbed semis and took out all of the construction equipment. The workers left and in doing so disassembled the construction site. Now though homeland security has taken over, LEGALLY, and the situation and the level of threat has been bumped up. This means they consider this a terrorist action and have the authority to shoot on sight.
The article goes on to give background to the current events:
“24 Aug 2016
Federal Judge: No Decision Until at Least Sept 9 on Dakota Access Case
WASHINGTON – Federal District Judge James E. Boarsberge said he will not render a decision on the lawsuit brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access, LLC.
He indicated that the central legal issue is whether or not proper tribal consultation occurred between the tribes and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Judge Boarsberge said there appears to have been a lack of communication between the Corps of Engineers and the tribes and the failure on the Corps of Engineers’ part to perform the due diligence in the process in the development of the project.
The judge will render his decision on September 9, 2016 and he set September 14 as a date for appeal if either side is not happy with his decision.
In today’s order, there was no injunction rendered, which means construction and drilling can continue.
Aug 19, 2016
Construction halted after more than 1,000 people swarm to protest the Dakota Access pipeline they believe threatens the Missouri River.
A groundswell of Native American activists has temporarily shut down construction on a major new oil pipeline with an ongoing protest that has drawn around 1,200 people to Cannon Ball, N.D.
Construction workers walked away from their bulldozers Monday after protesters surrounded the equipment and called for an end to construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. A group of protesters on horseback also staged a mock charge toward a line of law enforcement officials guarding the site, and the county sheriff alleged others have fired guns and set off pipe bombs.
The $3.8 billion pipeline at the heart of the protest would carry about half a million barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil field to Illinois where it would link with other pipelines to transport the oil to Gulf Coast refineries and terminals.
The protest was staged at a spot where the pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River, just upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, a community of 8,500 along the Missouri River in North and South Dakota.
Protesters from dozens of tribes across the country are now camping in tents, tepees and mobile homes at the Sacred Stone Camp a mile and a half from the construction site. A video shows a second, more recently established campsite, the Red Warrior Camp.
“We have to be here,” David Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who was arrested at the site last week, said in a statement. “We have to stand and protect ourselves and those who cannot speak for themselves.”
The pipeline’s builder, Energy Transfer Partners, said through a spokesperson that it is “constructing this pipeline in accordance with applicable laws, and the local, state and federal permits and approvals we have received.”
“This is an important energy infrastructure project that benefits all Americans and our national economy,” it said. The company did not respond to a request for additional comment.
The Standing Rock tribe, one of the poorest communities in the nation according to 2010 census data cited by the tribe, relies on the Missouri River for drinking water, irrigation, fishing and recreation, and for cultural and religious practices. The reservation covers about 3,600 square miles along the river.
“An oil spill would represent a genuine catastrophe for the people who live there,” said Jan Hasselman, an attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental organization that filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Standing Rock Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which approved the pipeline. “It isn’t just cultural and religious, it’s their economic lifeblood.”
The suit alleges the pipeline violates the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.
Protests against the pipeline have been ongoing since April. In July, a group of roughly two dozen from the Standing Rock tribe completed a nearly 2,000-mile relay from Cannon Ball to Washington, D.C. They delivered a petition with 150,000 signatures to the Corps calling on it to halt construction of the project.
On July 25, the Corps approved construction of the section of the pipeline upstream from the Standing Rock reservation, and ground was broken on August 10. Protests at the site started small, with about 50 people and grew to an estimated 1,200 on Wednesday, according to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
Mekasi Horinek Camp, a member of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma and coordinator of the environmental group Bold Oklahoma, claimed the Sioux bands “haven’t come together in this traditional way since the Battle of the Little Big Horn.”
“It’s an historical time,” he said, “and just a beautiful thing to be a part of.”
As the number of protesters at the construction site and the nearby Sacred Stone Camp swelled, tensions between activists and law enforcement rose.
Protesters came on horseback Monday and a video shows what appears to be a mock charge aimed at law enforcement officials who had formed a line along a steep embankment near the entrance to the construction site. The video shows horses charging toward the officers and pacing in front of their line, directed by activists who yelled a “war whoop,” or battle cry.
Neither the horses nor the protesters made physical contact with the officers, according to Montgomery Brown, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who was at the protest. The officers, however, appear visibly frightened in the video and quickly scrambled up the embankment away from the horses.
Camp said the demonstration was part of a traditional ceremony that brings in the spirit of horses, and Brown called it a traditional way of introducing warriors from separate tribes. The officers were notified of the ceremony ahead of time, Camp said, and were asked to back up to give the horses space.
Kirchmeier said the protest had become “unlawful” as his officers reported incidents of shots being fired, pipe bombs, vandalism and assaults on private security personnel. Construction on the pipeline near Cannon Ball has been “discontinued for the time being,” Kirchmeier said.
Protesters denied those allegations. “Firearms and weapons are not allowed at the Sacred Stone Camp and our security has done an exemplary job at maintaining safety amongst the crowd,” according to a statement released by Sacred Stone Camp protesters with the groups Honor the Earth and the Indigenous Environmental Network. “As our camp was established on an act of prayer, we are committed to nonviolence.”
“We are disappointed that there are those who will put the lives of others in jeopardy,” the Energy Transfer Partners’ spokesperson said. “We will continue to put the safety of our workers and those who live in the area as our top priority.”
The Army Corps of Engineers declined to comment on the project citing the ongoing litigation.
While the protest in Cannon Ball is primarily Native Americans, ranchers are challenging the project elsewhere along its 1,168-mile path. On August 9, lawyers representing 14 Iowa landowners filed a motion to halt construction of the pipeline across their property. The suit challenged Dakota Access’s use of eminent domain to seize land for what it says is private use.
Over the past year, protests against fossil fuel infrastucture projects nationwide have increaseed, and at least 24 dozen projects have been rejected or canceled for myriad reasons, the most prominent among them the Keystone XL pipeline.
Protesters at the Sacred Stone Camp said they are hopeful that a federal court will rule in their favor when their case is heard on August 24. In the meantime, they are planning to continue their protests.
Brown, the Standing Rock member, who is also a former Navy medic, said he is seeking additional medical professionals to help ensure the demonstrations can last.
“One of my main concerns right now is either pneumonia or tuberculosis since we are camped so close around each other,” Brown said. “From a medical standpoint, you are going to need a lot of staff for these people to self-sustain.””
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