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Scott Hennen: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters aided, trained by Seattle pros

FARGO--It's been more than three months, and the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters who claim to be defending tribal lands and water have only escalated their tactics in Morton County, N.D.

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FARGO-It's been more than three months, and the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters who claim to be defending tribal lands and water have only escalated their tactics in Morton County, N.D.

Between setting fires that have made a bridge impassable, throwing Molotov cocktails at law enforcement and killing local livestock, these protesters have been causing fear, terror and economic devastation.

What I've also noticed is that these eco-terrorists seem well trained and well organized, as if professionals were helping them. Who might these professionals be?

The other day, I noticed someone in Bismarck wearing a fleece vest with a logo for "Pyramid Communications" and decided to look up who they were. Pyramid is a Seattle-based communications firm that claims to give "voice to good causes." Looking further into their website, I saw that Pyramid openly touts its role in crafting and disseminating the core message of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

The company brags about pushing the narrative that a pipeline is being imposed on the tribe "without upholding treaty rights or engaging in meaningful consultation." Touting its strategy to reach influencers in Washington, Pyramid takes credit for placing stories in The Hill and CNN.

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Pyramid also has represented several extreme environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and years ago, apparently, even the eco-terrorist group Greenpeace. And the company engaged in the campaign against the Keystone pipeline and celebrated its rejection as a "victory" for its clients.

I looked up the social media accounts of several Pyramid employees. And, again, I wasn't surprised with what I found. One employee has retweeted claims that equate North Dakota police actions to rape, say pipeline supporters are racist and state North Dakota law enforcement is torturing protesters.

This leads to a lot of questions: For the folks at Pyramid Communications: Do you denounce the acts of violence these eco-terrorists have been engaging in? Why is an employee spreading false information and anti-police rhetoric online-actions that help provoke paid protesters to commit unlawful acts in order to gain media coverage for their cause?

For Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II: Are you paying Pyramid to be here? And what other professionals are you paying to give you media coverage and spread false and exaggerated claims about law enforcement?

Finally, for the members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that want only peaceful, prayerful, and lawful protests: Will you hold Archambault accountable?

The presence of eco-terrorists and Pyramid Communications here in North Dakota shows that there is a bigger, national, extreme environmentalist agenda at play. And North Dakotans should be aware that the agenda supporters are not here to peaceful or prayerful. Like unruly children, they are here to get as much attention as they can by using the most dangerous tactics possible.

Hennen the host of What's On Your Mind radio show, heard throughout North Dakota on AM 1100 TheFlag and AM 550 KFYR.

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