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Sarah Sunshine Manning: Dogs attack peaceful #NoDAPL resisters






Security guards working at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site used dogs against the #NoDAPL resisters on September 3, 2016. Photo by Sacred Stone Camp

Sarah Sunshine Manning reports on a violent confrontation between #NoDAPL resisters and security guards working on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Several people were hurt when they were bitten by dogs and others were sprayed with chemicals:
On the afternoon of September 3, a procession of prayerful water defenders, consisting of men, women, and children, walked on foot up to the original protest site where the first demonstrations took place in early August.

Unbeknownst to them, Dakota Access construction workers were fast at work, approximately a mile up the road, bulldozing the earth, destroying graves and sacred sites, while creating a path for pipe to be laid.

“We were walking up to the flags on the highway to sing and pray, then we found out they were starting to build again,” Ursula Young Bear, Oglala Lakota, from Porcupine, South Dakota, told ICTMN.

Marcus Frejo, Pawnee and Seminole, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was also among the first water defenders to arrive on the scene of construction.

“We made it to the top of the hill and saw several bulldozers and trucks, and we walked up to the fence,” Frejo told ICTMN. “There’s sacred sites up there, so one woman stepped through the fence, just feet in, telling them with her son at her side that this is sacred land. She yelled at them to stop.”

Read More on the Story:
Sarah Sunshine Manning: Manning: ‘And Then the Dogs Came’: Dakota Access Gets Violent, Destroys Graves, Sacred Sites (Indian Country Today 9/4)

Additional Coverage:
Calm after pipeline clash -- Both sides respond with calls for peace (The Bismarck Tribune 9/4)
VIDEO: Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray (Democracy Now 9/4)
Tribal leader: Avoid North Dakota towns after pipeline clash (AP 9/4)
Quechan Tribe rallies in support of fight against N.D. pipeline (The Yuma Sun 9/4)
Protesters break through fence line at alternate construction site (The Bismarck Tribune 9/3)
‘Our cause is just,’ says tribal leader in pipeline protest (AP 9/3)
Pipeline protest boosts significance of annual tribal leaders summit, powwow in Bismarck (The Bemidji Pioneer 9/3)
Minnesota Dakota tribes support Standing Rock (Forum News Service 9/3)
Pipeline stirs tribes to unite (Runway Girl 9/3)
Winnebago tribe heads to North Dakota to fight for their right to clean water in the Missouri River (KCAU 9/2)
Osage Nation Sends Support to Standing Rock Sioux (Bartlesville Radio 9/2)
Native Americans Hold Largest Convergence in a Century to Oppose Oil Pipeline (The Real News 9/2)
Dozens Protest In Dallas Over Controversial Dakota Pipeline That Would Cross Through Ancestral Land (KERA 9/2)
Protest planned to coincide with judge's ruling (The Bismarck Tribune 9/2)
Fargo Native American Commission supports Standing Rock in protest against Dakota Access Pipeline (The Fargo Forum 9/2)

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