BREAKING: Army Corps to evict Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 5
An email to Chairman Dave Archambault shows that Army Corps will be evicting the camp
The email specifically states Dakota Access protestors can not be on the land
Protesters will be allowed a “free speech zone” on the south side of the river
In a breaking development, the Army Corps of Engineers have decided to evict everyone from the Oceti Sakowin Camp on December 5, one day after a large group of vets are set to arrive in the area.
Today, Chairman Dave Archambault II received an email stating “Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 327.12, I am closing the portion of the Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016.”
The decision to evict people from the land is said to be due to concerns for “public safety.” The email goes on to say that the land is “leased to private persons for grazing and/or haying purposes as part of the Corps’ land management practices.”
To be clear, this means that no member of the general public, to include Dakota Access pipeline protestors, can be on these Corps’ lands.
The email claims that the south side of the river will be deemed a “free speech zone,” claiming that “in these areas, jurisdiction for police, fire, and medical response is better defined making it a more sustainable area for visitors to endure the harsh North Dakota winter.”
Any person found to be on the Corps’ lands north of the Cannonball River after December 5, 2016, will be considered trespassing and may be subject to prosecution under federal, state, and local laws.
You can read the entire email below.