Dakota Access Updates: Judge drops injunction against tribal leaders, County files more charges against protesters
Bismarck Tribune, September 16, 2016
NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the legal fight over the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):
A federal judge in Bismarck has dropped a temporary restraining order against Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who were sued by the company developing the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Dakota Access LLC filed the complaint last month against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and others from interfering with pipeline construction north of the Standing Rock reservation.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled Friday that a previous restraining order was “simply an ‘obey-the-law’ injunction” and he expects the tribal leaders to protest lawfully.
Hovland noted that many of the “troublesome” protesters are “from out-of-state who have political interests in the pipeline protest and hidden agendas vastly different and far removed from the legitimate interests” of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which argues the pipeline could taint water sources and is decimating sacred sites.
What started in April with a few members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has become one of North Dakota’s newest and biggest communities.
Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people have set up tents and shelters near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, joining tribal members in their fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline to protect sacred sites and a river that’s a source of water for millions of people.
There’s a school for dozens of children, an increasingly organized system to deliver water and meals and volunteers from the health care sector.
Protesters say they’ll stay on federal land as long as it takes to stop the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline — even in brutal winter conditions.
The pipeline company says it’s committed to finishing the project.
Morton County charges 8 additional Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, files warrants for 3 others
KFYR TV, September 16, 2016
MANDAN, N.D. – Authorities have charged eight individuals for their involvement in illegal protest activities on September 14. Protesters were arrested yesterday at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on private property near New Salem in Morton County.
Nicholas Tilsen, Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk and Daniel Tseleie were arrested for felony reckless endangerment for attaching themselves to construction equipment using a “steel or sleeping dragon” device. Law enforcement were forced to remove the device endangering responders due to the dangerous conditions.
Five others were arrested for their involvement in the unlawful protest activities.
Below are the names and criminal charges of those arrested September 14:
Nicholas Tilsen, 34, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function
Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk, 32, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function
Daniel Tseleie, 34, Canada – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function
Zenas Bizahaloni, 37, AZ – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct
Morgun Frejo, 23, VA – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function
Marcus Frejo, 38, OK – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass – second offense, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function
Heather Horsefall Milton, 38, Canada – Conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function, criminal trespass
Kaden Walksnice, 23, MT – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct
In addition, the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against four individuals for their role in a protest on September 3:
Elliot New Holy, Jr., Greg Grey Cloud, Mason Redwing and Marcus Frejo are charged with criminal trespass. According to the affidavit investigators connected all four men to being on private property halting Dakota Access Pipeline work. Frejo was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in the illegal protest activity on that day. Warrants have been issued for the other three individuals.
As of September 15, a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.