Last night, the Morton County Sheriff Department again violated the human rights of those who are standing together in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Law enforcement agencies injured at least 150 peaceful water protectors by firing water cannons in freezing temperatures and by assaulting protectors with concussion grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets.1
We must ensure that the human rights of everyone standing against the pipeline are protected.
Can you call the following agencies and demand that law enforcement stop violating the human rights of water protectors on Highway 1806 immediately?
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple: 701-328-2200
Morton County Sheriff Department: 701-328-8118 and 701-667-3330 You can also email the Morton Country Sheriff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Dakota National Guard: 701-333-2000 send a message to the ND National Guard here.
You can say, “I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all water protectors opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline. There is no room in a democracy to use water cannons, tear gas, or rubber bullets against peaceful, unarmed water protectors.”
We have just weeks until the company overseeing the North Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, plans to defy federal orders and begin drilling under the river.2 The White House must order the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement and stop this destruction, and the presence of the water protectors is more important than ever.
It is a difficult time for all of us, but people power, principled alliances, and prayer have brought us this far, and they can lead to protecting the river as we go into the next stages of threats to Mother Earth.
Together, we will stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Judith LeBlanc, Native Organizers Alliance
1. “Dakota Pipeline: Protesters Soaked With Water in Freezing Temperatures,” NBC News, November 21, 2016
2. “Dakota pipeline operator to defy Obama and prepare for final phase of drilling,” The Guardian, November 8, 2016