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James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses






Before the tear gas, before the water cannons, before the water bullets, was the September 4, 2016, incident in which private security guards unleashed dogs and employed mace against resisters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy Sacred Stone Camp

Obama and Lynch knew conflict was coming
They could have stopped water cannons and rubber bullets before it happened
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Columnist
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For years involved parties knew the pipeline conflict up at Standing Rock was coming. For years. They knew.

Over all those years, Obama was president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, including the Army Corps of Engineers. He knew.

Obama selected Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. She heads up the Department of Justice. She knew.

When the water protectors first clashed with the security personnel and their attack dogs long months back, Obama and his administration knew an important thing that mattered, that could have alleviated the conflict, stopped tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons.

There is a service, created back during the 1960’s Civil Rights era, within the Department of Justice, designed to address exactly the type of situation present on the ground north of Standing Rock. This is from their website; this is how they view their role in tribal disputes: “The United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) works with tribal communities nationwide to resolve jurisdictional tension and conflicts between tribes, border communities, and federal, state and local governments, as well as law enforcement agencies.


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(Contact James Giago Davies at skindiesel@msn.com)

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