Morton County Sheriff’s Department has requested “much-needed law enforcement support and public safety resources”
Morton County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement claiming their requests were “ignored by the last administration”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe requested federal help in getting water protectors to leave the Cannon Ball area
LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard refuses to remove the Sacred Stone Camp from her private property
The standoff in Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline may finally be reaching an end as President Trump signed two executive orders to push through the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL.
Those following the situation in Standing Rock are not surprised by the action, as many have expected things were going to take a drastic change as soon as the Trump administration took power. All though it is a little surprising how fast the change is happening.
Morton County Sheriff’s Department respond to the executive order
Following the executive order, Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced that they would be reaching out for federal assistance in removing the water protectors from the area.
A statement released by Morton County Sheriff’s Department stated that the department would be requesting “much-needed law enforcement support and public safety resources” from the Trump administration. The statement goes on to claim that the requests were “ignored by the last administration.”
The same department that has received aid from law enforcement agencies around the country, National Guard, and even a freaking missile launcher, now claim they need more help against unarmed water protectors. At this point, it is safe to assume that more support will turn into more violent actions against peaceful assemblies.
Since the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline escalated in August of this year, there have been well over 600 arrests, countless injuries, and many illegal actions due to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.
Sacred Stone Refuses To Move
To make matters worse, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council have agreed that the water protectors need to leave the area and requested federal help to do so. The tribe now say that they want all the camps closed in the next 30-days, including Sacred Stone which is on the private property of LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard.
Allard has made it quite clear that those staying on her property do not have to move. She is, in fact, inviting anyone who wants to come join the stand to please do so on her land. Allard’s decision is not stopping the SRST from trying to figure out how to gain control of her property to shut down the Sacred Stone Camp.
The SRST decision comes shortly after deciding they would be using $3.2 million of the donated money to put towards their debt, instead of putting it towards the camps that desperately need the funds.
Even after it being painfully clear that the SRST sold out, they still made an attempt to cover their actions with a response to President Trump’s executive order.
Oddly enough, the tribe’s statement starts off by saying that the “decision puts water for 17 million people at risk,” yet the tribe is still trying to say who can stay and who can go in North Dakota.
While the tribe can apparently use the reality that this fight is about more than them to make themselves look good in a press release, their actions are speaking much louder than their words and believed by just a fraction of their former audience.
It is still unclear what exactly will happen after signing these executive orders. As of now, there has not been a response issued for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department request for “much-needed” assistance from the federal government. These new developments do make it seem that the fight against the Dakota Access is coming to a close in the very near future.