Dakota Access Pipeline protesters raise over $1 million on GoFundMe

October 31, 2016 by  
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Back in April, North Dakota Access Pipeline protesters started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for basic camp needs like blankets and food. Now the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million. As the camp prepares for the cold North Dakota winter , when temperatures often hover below freezing, they’re asking for supplies like winter clothes and sleeping bags. Protester Howaste Wakiya started the official Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe page on April 19 on behalf of one of the camp founders, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard. He wrote, “This is a prayer camp movement to save our sacred land and water and has been entirely supported by the people and the campers.” Related: Armed police arrest 141 protesters over Dakota Access Pipeline Donations began to roll in as the camp grew. Wakiya reported in an update on the GoFundMe page two months ago that the camp swelled from 50 people to 2,000 people in just a week. As law enforcement arrested protesters, funds gathered on the page also began to go towards bail and court costs. About a month ago, Wakiya wrote an update saying that as the camp readies itself for winter, they needed supplies like wood stoves and teepee liners. The camp has been able to use some wind and solar power , but according to the Sacred Stone Camp website have only limited means of generating such clean energies. Just this week Wakiya requested 40 additional solar panels. The camp is asking for firewood as one of their ” biggest winter needs .” Sacred Stone Camp has an Amazon wishlist which includes items like a snow thrower, log splitter, and wind turbine generator kit. There’s also a FundRazr page to raise money for legal defense. Over 15,000 people have contributed over $800,000 out of a goal of $1 million. + Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe + Sacred Stone Camp Images via Tony Webster on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp Facebook

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Armed police arrest 141 protesters over Dakota Access Pipeline

October 28, 2016 by  
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Morton County Sheriff’s Department said they arrested 141 people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline . Officers who performed the arrests were reportedly armed and wearing riot gear, and arrived with soldiers and military Humvees. An airplane and helicopters monitoring the scene from above showed a string of law enforcement officials standing down protestors lined up on a bridge. On October 27 at 11:15 AM Mountain Time law enforcement began moving towards people protesting the pipeline on land owned by Energy Transfer Partners close to Cannon Ball, North Dakota . The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said they told protesters they were ” free to go ” and asked them to move to the south camp, which is on federally owned land. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said it was a ” public safety issue ” as protesters were blocking roads and “trespassing on private property.” Related: Donald Trump has a yuge vested interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline The sheriff’s department reported violence and even said a woman shot at law enforcement with a .38 caliber revolver. The Indigenous Life Movement said the woman was in fact holding a prayer staff . Protesters contend it’s not their actions, but the pipeline that is illegal, and that the corporation behind the pipeline stole the land . Standing Rock Sioux tribe chairman Dave Archambault II wrote a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch dated October 24, requesting the government investigate “overall militarization of law enforcement response.” In the letter he said, “Peaceful protests are being met with military vehicles and heavily armed law enforcement personnel in riot gear. Rather than seeking to keep the peace, law enforcement personnel are clearly working in tandem with private security of Dakota Access…This country has a long and sad history of using military force against indigenous people – including the Sioux Nation. I would like to think that those days are past – and that today Tribal rights cannot be ignored and military force cannot be used to suppress Indian people. But when I see the militarization taking place in North Dakota against Indian people, I am genuinely concerned.” Via NPR Images via Morton County Sheriff’s Department Facebook , Stand Against Dakota Access Pipeline – No DAPL Facebook , and Myron Dewey Facebook

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