Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demands answers from North Dakota state leadership after attack on peaceful protesters

In response to Saturday’s peaceful protest that turned violent when security workers for DAPL unleashed pepper spray and vicious attack dogs on a crowd of water defenders. I demand answers from North Dakota’s governor and law enforcement. The State of North Dakota is quick to erect military barricades and try to portray us as savages when our water defenders merely park their cars along the side of road, but where were all the police when dozens of innocent and peaceful Tribal members, including many from my tribe, were intentionally shot with pepper spray and ravaged by vicious dogs at the hands of DAPL’s mercenaries?

On Saturday afternoon DAPL’s private security guards initiated force against a crowd of mostly tribal members who were protesting in a non-confrontational manner to stop the ongoing stripping of land, including areas of land where documented sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL used dogs and pepper spray to attack innocent, unarmed women and children, while helicopters were threatening overhead. They will stop at nothing. They do not know the meaning of humanity.

According to many witnesses at the scene, neither state nor county law enforcement officials were at the construction site during the incident. It is extremely suspicious to me that law enforcement became scarce at the exact time when DAPL’s hired guns were planning to attack the water defenders. A press release recently issued by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department insinuates that the peaceful protesters were the provokers of the incident because several individuals allegedly cut a fence and entered the work site. State and local law enforcement officials keep telling the media, without proof, that the protesters are committing unlawful acts. In my opinion unleashing vicious attack dogs on women and children, and spraying dozens of unarmed people simply because they are exercising their constitutional right to assemble, is unlawful.

I am calling on all members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to avoid traveling to or doing business in the Mandan-Bismarck area until this crisis is resolved. I fear for my people’s safety. Today’s act of terrorism shows us how desperate DAPL and the State of North Dakota government are to keep things at a status quo. I am concerned about the escalating violence against Natives in that area.

When will Governor Dalrymple step up and meet with Tribal leadership in an open, good faith effort to resolve this conflict? The key to settling this situation is in the hands of North Dakota leadership. I requested a meeting with Governor Dalrymple last week, but as of today has received no response.

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Private security bring dogs out on water protectors

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Please do not hesitate to contact me at 605-964- 4155 or haroldcfrazier@yahoo.com if you should have any questions or concerns.

Released under the authority of Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Harold C. Frazier
PO Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
605-964- 4155

23 thoughts on “Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demands answers from North Dakota state leadership after attack on peaceful protesters

  1. Reblogged this on LiLi SoRuM and commented:
    They released pit bulls on peaceful UNARMED protectors WITH CHILDREN. ~ President Obama the world is watching!! Potus do something!!
    ~ Na NEOBOROŽENE zaščitnike Zemlje z OTROCI so spustili pit bule.
    #noDAPL #standwithStandingRock #doDakotaAccessPipeline

  2. Tragic event, but there were other dogs besides pitbulls, Lili SoRum. German shepard dogs being one of the strongest dog bites out there.

  3. 10 ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline:

    1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. You can leave a message stating your thoughts about this.

    2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations

    3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/

    4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:
    http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

    5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

    7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp

    8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

    9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL

    10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

    a. Lee Hanse
    Executive Vice President
    Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
    800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
    San Antonio, Texas 78258
    Telephone: (210) 403-6455
    Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com

    b. Glenn Emery
    Vice President
    Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
    800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
    San Antonio, Texas 78258
    Telephone: (210) 403-6762
    Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com

    c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
    Lead Analyst
    Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
    1300 Main St.
    Houston, Texas 77002
    Telephone: (713) 989-2404
    Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

  4. time to go to the supremes and demand that this stop now under penality of real apin for the dakota governement big time
    pain should be oming their way for first illegal taking of tribal lands taking water rights away and more, governer should be arrested and given to the tribel for tirla in their courts and punishment as they deem fit to do

  5. Our group from Kentucky wants to come and stand in solidarity with you. Some of us are unable to camp (accessibility needs) so we were going to get hotel rooms in Bismarck. From reading your post we see that would just be bringing “tourist dollars” to the area, thereby helping the Govermor in the long run. What do you recommend? Are there any native-owned housing options? We don’t require anything fancy.

  6. Why would anyone take there young children and women to a protest where they might get hurt or is that part of the plan you sick jerks

    • Why would a corporation hire a private security to bulldoze lands that they were told contained burial and cultural sites and didn’t even have all its permits to be building this pipeline. Seems you or I couldn’t just up and build anything anywhere we wanted without having permits. Who is the sick one?

  7. It is time we all stand together. If we fight among ourselves the corporations and the government will take over and do things we will not like. It is time we stop complaining about what happened 100+ years ago. We can’t fix the past but we can come together and fix our future if we stop fight each other and stand together. I would love to see 100,000. People stand together on the Resevation to stop the pipeline. Prayers

  8. sir.i am wondering.what are my people doing ?i beling to the turtle mtn res.My name is ricky joe.seems really close to my res.are my people in danger?are they on the front line ? I think we should be.we should drop our old war and unite ahainst a more commen enemy.my e.m addressis. rickyjsaldivar1956@gmail.com. Thank you for your valuable. Time

    • Turtle Mountain has been very supportive. As for impact, the Missouri river and its numerous streams and creeks provide water to nearly 10 million people from Montana to St. Louise including drinking water, water for farmers and ranchers, so many peoples will be impacted by the pipeline.

  9. This is sad…once again peaceful gathering of people to protest Dakota Access Pipeline..This company and the state of North Dakota should be ashamed of yourself. Obama…really..maybe if it were black people he would say something because that race calls depression for 300 hundreds years..yet as history shows 500 hundreds years for the Natives of this so called United States of America..I have 3 daughters who are members of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (enrolled members). How sad. America wake up..big corporate business can not rule our land just for their profit. I feel what should happen to those handlers who dogs attacked innocent protesters and for those who used pepper spray..should be charged…period…this is sad to watch and see…prayers to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock tribes..

  10. Hi, I would like to have the phone numbers of the governor, law enforcement and FBI. I want to know why these illegal acts are being allowed and what they plan to do to stop it. I am going to put those numbers on my Facebook page and encourage all my friends to make those calls and pass them on to their friends. I will not be afraid to ask them how much they are being paid off to look the other way and how much they are being paid to steal your land. They don’t do nothing for nothing so someone’s pocket is being lined.

  11. My apologies, your article doesn’t mention any breed by name. I was trying to respond to Lili SoRum’s repost comment and posted directly to you instead.

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