Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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MANDAN, N.D. — More than 100 opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline rallied Tuesday in downtown Mandan in support of a woman arrested during an earlier protest, shutting down two city streets just hours after authorities announced a task force is investigating a violent clash Sept. 3 between protesters and pipeline security.
BISMARCK — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II on Tuesday, Sept. 20, brought the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to Geneva, Switzerland, asking members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission to condemn "the deliberate destruction of our sacred places." Archambault told the commission the 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline that would move 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil fields to a hub in Illinois "threatens our communities, the river and the earth."
BISMARCK — A joint task force led by the Morton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Sept. 3 clash between protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the pipeline's private security personnel, the sheriff's office said Tuesday, Sept. 20. The investigation is focusing not only on protesters but also whether the private security guards were licensed and whether their actions were warranted, county spokesman Rob Keller said Monday.
BISMARCK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a special use permit Friday to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use Corps land south of the Cannonball River near Lake Oahe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But the Corps didn't act on the tribe's permit request to use the land that supports the main overflow camp north of the river where thousands of self-described "water protectors" have been staying for weeks, leaving that area of the protest camp in limbo.
BISMARCK — Three agencies are investigating whether a North Dakota angel fund ran afoul of state law when it sought investors for real estate projects, a potential violation that lawmakers say underscores the need for major reforms to the angel fund program that rewards investors with lucrative tax credits.
BISMARCK – New rules that would require berms to better contain spills from North Dakota oil well sites and impose sweeping regulations for oil and saltwater gathering pipelines were delayed Tuesday, Sept. 13, as state lawmakers questioned whether regulators had overstepped their authority and legislative intent.
BISMARCK — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who pleaded not guilty Monday to trespassing on pipeline construction sites was driving an SUV with expired tabs owned by the Democratic candidate for U.S. House when he was arrested Friday. Candidate Chase Iron Eyes confirmed that he lent his late 1990s Suburban to longtime friend Cody Charles Hall, 39, of Eagle Butte, S.D., so that Hall could drive someone to the airport in Bismarck from the main protest encampment about 35 miles southeast of Mandan.
BISMARCK – A deputy court clerk in Minot has been reprimanded for a Facebook post that sparked a social media firestorm over her suggestion that American Indians protesting the Dakota...
NORTH OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION — Vincent Herald stepped off a school bus and into history on Friday. The 60-year-old and more than a dozen of his fellow Spirit Lake Tribe members made the four-hour drive from Fort Totten to the Camp of the Sacred Stones near Cannon Ball, where the population swelled to an estimated 5,000 or more opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But for Herald, as important as stopping the pipeline was the fact that more than 200 indigenous tribes had gathered peacefully in the same place to pray and stand together.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Historic Preservation Office plans to look into whether bulldozers clearing a path last Saturday for the Dakota Access Pipeline destroyed burial grounds and other sacred sites identified the day before in a court filing by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, an official said Wednesday. "We're currently evaluating the situation and intend to visit when arrangements are made," Chief Archeologist Paul Picha told Forum News Service.