Law enforcement allow limited items to be retrieved from frontline camp

Personal possessions, tipis, vehicles and sacred items were left behind following Thursday’s arrests in North Dakota

  • Law enforcement made an agreement allowing 9 people and 3 vehicles to enter the frontline camp area┬áto retrieve tipis

  • No personal possessions, or vehicles are allowed to be retrieved from the area

  • Part of the agreement was that media could not go along for the retrieval and livestreaming is not allowed

Days after mass arrests and protests hit a plateau in Standing Rock; law enforcement is allowing a small group of people to gather a limited amount of items from the frontline camp. However, according to officers on the scene, there is a strict agreement in place by Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

After police arrested at least 141 people on Thursday during a raid on the frontline camp, vehicles, tipis, personal possessions, and even sacred Native American items were left behind.

An agreement was reached

Since Thursday, law enforcement has not allowed anybody in the area to retrieve any of the items. A deal was made with law enforcement allowing a small group of people to return to the area and retrieve items.

The Daily Haze was told by a local that the original deal stated twenty people were allowed to go into the area with ten trucks to retrieve items. Once it was time to return to the area, it was said that only nine people would be allowed with only three vehicles.

No media allowed

Along with the limited human resources allowed to retrieve items, there were other harsh stipulations as well. Media was not allowed to attend the retrieval. Along with the media ban, another term of the agreement was that there would be no livestreaming allowed.

In particular, a well-known livestreamer from the area, Myron Dewey, was not allowed to go along during the retrieval. Due to Dewey being arrested in the area, officers on the scene were told there is a no-contact order between him and DAPL. Since DAPL now owns the property where the retrieval is taking place, allowing Dewey on the property would technically be breaking that no-contact order.

Along with the suppression of documentation, the items that could be retrieved were also drastically limited. The nine people coming in three vehicles were only allowed to grab tipis. No other personal items are allowed to be removed.

Vehicles that were left behind as officers slowly herded people south on Highway 1806 are said to have been placed in a nearby impound lot.

The agreement also stated that anybody going along for the retrieval would not be subject to arrest.

Sacred items

Law enforcement did state that a few more people would be allowed in the area to grab medical equipment. When asked if people would be allowed to grab sacred items from the sweat lodge, it was not known if that was included in the agreement.

There is concern with the retrieval of sacred items and the lack of knowledge about the items with officers on the scene. Native Americans use these items to interact with spirits. It is their belief that if someone does not know what they are doing with these items they run the risk of putting themselves and their loved ones in danger.

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