In papers filed in federal court, Tim Mentz Sr., identified this stone feature near the Dakota Access Pipeline as a grave marker.
Opinion

Dave Archambault: Dakota Access Pipeline destroys sacred sites



Dave Archambault Sr., a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the father of Chairman Dave Archambault II, offers some background on the discovery of significant cultural sites and burial grounds on private property within the path of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline:
Dave Meyers is the owner of 8,100 acres that the DAPL pipeline will be crossing to get to the Missouri River or Lake Oahe. During the last week of August, he was wondering if there was any Indian graves that might be disturbed by the construction of the pipeline.

To satisfy his curiosity, he asked Tim Mentz to assess the “corridor” route that was going to be used to host the buried pipeline. Dave Meyers was fully aware that an environmental assessment (EI) had been performed by the State Historic Preservation Office, however, these are non-Indian experts, whereas, Tim owns a company called Makoche Wowapi. His business consults Tribes regarding their archeological inheritance. In addition, Tim previously worked as a Tribal and State Historic Preservation Officer since 1985.

With Tim’s knowledge and skill, he walked the area as allowed.

On Sunday, August 29, 2016, Tim and his sons found 82 significant historical marking, of which 27 were grave locations. “ We found two places where rocks were set in a circular pattern with openings to the west, as well as other effigy designs.” Every site was professionally identified and precisely charted by computer for exact location by GPS.

Read More:
Dave Archambault Sr.: DAPL Destroys Sacred Grounds (Indian Country Today 9/6)

Relevant Documents:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order | Declaration of Tim Mentz, Sr. | Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Response | Dakota Access Response

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