North Dakota Activates National Guard for Pipeline Protest
KFYR TV, September 8, 2016
BISMARCK, N.D.– Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Thursday that the Morton County Sheriff’s Department will receive help from the North Dakota National Guard as well as sheriff’s officers throughout the state to help deal with the ongoing protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann says this is not a full mobilization.
He says the National Guard personnel will serve in administrative, assistant role, deferring to the sheriff’s department. He also says guardsmen will be stationed at traffic check points and will likely be armed the same as highway patrol.
National guardsmen are coming from Bismarck, Mayville and Fargo. They have law enforcement background but are not peace officers.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeir says his office has received reports of people intimidating residents in a variety of ways including playing “chicken” with drivers on County roads which has lead to increased patrols.
Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault II also released the following statement Thursday calling for peace in anticipation of the Sept. 9 court ruling:
Thousands of people, from members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, tribes across the nation and First Nations in Canada, to non-Native supporters in the United States and around the world, have stood in solidarity against the harm and destruction caused by the Dakota Access Pipeline.
We have stood side by side in peaceful prayer.
The pipeline threatens our sacred lands and the health of 17 million people who rely upon the Missouri River for water. There is a lot at stake with the court decision tomorrow. We call upon all water protectors to greet any decision with peace and order. Even if the outcome of the court’s ruling is not in our favor, we will continue to explore every lawful option and fight against the construction of the pipeline.
Any act of violence hurts our cause and is not welcome here. We invite all supporters to join us in prayer that, ultimately, the right decision—the moral decision—is made to protect our people, our sacred places, our land and our resources.
The ruling will decide whether construction can continue on the Dakota Access Pipeline.