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Were Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Held in Dog Kennels?

A report in the Los Angeles Times says that Dakota Access Pipeline protesters – who call themselves Water Protectors – say they were housed in dog kennels and had numbers draw on their arms.

According to The Times, “Protesters said that those arrested in the confrontation had numbers written on their arms and were housed in what appeared to be dog kennels, without bedding or furniture.”

West Dakota Fox television station said that Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier also made the claim in a press conference, saying that protesters were kept in “dog kennels.”

Mekasi Camp-Horinek, who said he was placed in a “mesh enclosure,” said law enforcement wrote a number on his arm, said The Times. Similar accounts also circulated on social media.

In response to the claim, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department released a statement to West Dakota Fox news that said, in part, “Temporary holding cells (chain link fences) have been installed into the Morton County Correctional Center and are used for ‘mass arrest’ situations only. They are temporary until the Correctional Center can get them processed into our facility or transferred to another facility in North Dakota. The temporary housing units have been inspected and approved by the ND Department of Corrections…”

The allegations stem from the clash between Morton County sheriff’s officials and assisting law enforcement and the Water Protectors on October 28. On October 28, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department wrote on Facebook that law enforcement had arrested “141 protesters Thursday near Highway 1806. Officers met violence and resistance including a protester who fired a gun at officers in the police line, protesters who threw molotov cocktails at them and set vehicles and debris on fire.”

The stories emerged after activists were released on October 30. The Guardian said some are claiming that authorities “aggressively detained them, crowded them into vans, wrote numbers on their arms to track them, conducted invasive body searches and showed a lack of respect for native culture.”

Some evoked the Holocaust.

Previously, private security for the pipeline company used dogs against the protesters. There were reports of injuries on both sides.

A protestor is treated after being pepper sprayed by private security contractors on land being graded for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016.   Hundreds of Native American protestors and their supporters, who fear the Dakota Access Pipeline will polluted their water, forced construction workers and security forces to retreat and work to stop. / AFP / Robyn BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A protestor is treated after being pepper sprayed by private security contractors on land being graded for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) oil pipeline, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, September 3, 2016. (Getty)

The Guardian added that law enforcement admitted “using pepper spray, bean-bag and sponge rounds”in the October 28 clash, which was but the latest conflict in months of protests. A peaceful rally was held October 29, the Guardian said.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is worried that the pipeline will negatively impact water quality on its reservation and imperil cultural heritage sites, reports The Dallas Morning News.
The Sioux City Journal reports the Standing Rock tribe “is fighting the installation of the pipeline on their reservation bordering North and South Dakota.” Meanwhile, proponents of the project say it will boost the economy, creating thousands of construction jobs, and law enforcement says the protesters wouldn’t leave private property.

You can read more about the Dakota Access Pipeline here:

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Native American protesters are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline's construction, leading to dramatic videos and photos of dogs being used against protesters.

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6 comments

  1. Peace Everyone! All human bodies are composed of 50-60% water. So both the protesters and the ones controlling them have planet water in them. Man against Man is not part of the Divine plan. We are all one.

  2. We travel in the beautiful area of Standing Rock…the First Nation people…have been ripped off.. stolen from… belittled… surely this country can do the right thing for them…

  3. I know greed of the government of the law enforcement and DAPL, Energy Transfer should stay away from our territory of the great Lakota nation. I also feel the red neck of the bad mouthing should come face to face with a warrior of the nation to say anything but be a coward. Closing Donald Trump is not fit as a president of US. Let it be remember he will burn the republicans and the people Because it seems his looking at communism law in the United States. No oil brings life but a long suffering of your life to death. The people for the oil drink it and tell the people how he feels, also go without water for 4 days and tell how you feel and don’t be a coward and speak the truth or it will come back on you.

    • You talk of a warrior, you are a warrior? What war have you fought in. I live near Standing Rock, my mother was born there, native americans have been polluting that land as long as I can remember. Burned up automobiles by the dozens on highways and backroads, trash in the rivers and all over the land, it’s a shithole. The only things you want is more money! The Bakken is not on Standing Rock, that is your problem, you are not getting rich like your cousins at Fort Berthold. You had no problem with the dozen other pipelines that are far below your precious river, why is that, because you couldn[t hold them for ransom Have fun freezing for a while before you go back to your petroleum fired furnace, hypocrite.