22 Oct 2016. Riot Police manhandle peaceful Water Protectors praying near DAPL construction and desacrated sacred sites.
Photo by Rob Wilson Photography
On Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016), hundreds of water protectors from different nations were met with violence by militarized police in riot gear, and approximately 141 were arrested. Four protectors locked themselves to a disabled car at an active construction site, stopping construction for approximately 7 hours. Then a peaceful procession of hundreds walked to the sacred sites intentionally destroyed by Dakota Access LLC on September 3rd.
LaDonna Allard, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member who founded the Sacred Stone Camp, spoke of the sacred sites people are trying to protect: “There are sacred sites, cultural sites, traditional cultural properties, and burial sites that the State Historical Society knew of - they should've followed the law and must protect these sites. But they are pushing the sites under the rug and no one is talking about it. There's the executive order protecting sacred places - E.O. 130007, NAGPRA, ARPA, and the NHPA that are supposed to protect these sites. AIRFA is supposed to give Natives the right to visit these places. To the North Dakota SHPO: just because you accepted the money from the oil company does not mean you have the right to violate our rights. No one has the right to take our footprint off the earth."
“This gathering has been called the largest gathering of Native Nations EVER!” ~ http://theindigenouspeople.com/2016/10/04/feds-shoot-down-furious-north-dakota-cops-and-dapl-corp-telling-them-there-are-no-grounds-to-evict-growing-pipeline-protest-camp/