Obama Administration Evicting Standing Rock Water Protectors, As Veterans Are Set To Arrive

Reno Berkeley

President Obama has spoken. He has spoken through the Army Corps of Engineers, and what he has said is "get off your land." The eviction is set to take effect on December 5, one day after hundreds of military veterans are set to arrive at Standing Rock in order to protect the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors.

Jordan Chariton, of The Young Turks, tweeted the announcement released by the corps, which makes it clear that the federal government has no intention of standing up to Energy Transfer Partners, which owns the DAPL.

"The Corps of Engineers has established a free speech zone on land south of the Cannonball River for anyone wishing to peaceably protest the Dakota Access pipeline project, subject to the rules of 36 C.F.R. Part 327. Any person found to be on the Corps' lands north of the Cannonball River after December 5, 2016, will be considered trespassing and may be subject to prosecution under federal, state, and local laws. Furthermore, any person who chooses to stay on these Corps' lands north of the Cannonball River does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence and occupation of such lands."

As reported in a prior piece, law enforcement has become increasingly more violent toward the protestors, and even seriously injured several. One young woman, Sophia Wilansky, was hit with a concussion grenade in her arm, causing her to undergo a partial amputation.

Wilansky's father, Wayne, discussed what was happening to the Standing Rock DAPL protestors. In a video interview, he alleged that law enforcement agents were deliberately aiming rubber bullets at men's crotches, his daughter was one of several people who were hit in the groin.

"The force of the explosion blew the bone out of her arm and all of the arteries and all of the muscle."

The original planned route of the DAPL was rejected due to concerns over possible water contamination in predominantly white areas, yet the current route was approved to go beneath a lake and a river that sits on Sioux land.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has issued an official response to the eviction notice, saying they are disappointed in the U.S. government's decision and asking that the easement for drilling beneath Lake Oahe be denied.

"The best way to protect people during the winter, and reduce the risk of conflict between water protectors and militarized police, is to deny the easement for the Oahe crossing, and deny it now."

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