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Federal grand jury convened in connection with #NoDAPL incident






Supporters of Steve Martinez, who has been ordered to appear before a grand jury, gathered at the federal courthouse in Bismarck, North Dakota, on January 4, 2017. Photo: Water Protector Legal Collective

A federal grand jury has been convened in connection with a Dakota Access Pipeline clash in North Dakota.

Details are scarce but the probe appears to relate to a November incident during which Sophia Wilanksy, 21, nearly lost her left arm, The Bismarck Tribune reported. A man who allegedly has information pertaining to the injuries has been ordered to testify before the grand jury, the paper said.

"I will in no way condone or cooperate with this attempt to repress this movement here at Standing Rock," Steve Martinez, who has so far refused to cooperate with the probe, said outside of the courtroom in Bismarck on Wednesday, according to Water Protector Legal Collective.

According to court document obtained by The Tribune, Martinez drove Wilansky to the Prairie Knights Casino after she was injured and called 911 from the facility. The incident occurred as law enforcement clashed with protesters over several hours on the evening of November 20 and into the early morning on November 21.

Wilanksy's father believes her arm was shattered by a type of less-lethal weapon used by law enforcement. But authorities have instead pointed the blame at pipeline resisters for allegedly using improvised explosive devices.

The grand jury proceedings could result in charges being filed in connection with the incident, which helped draw even more attention to the #NoDAPL movement.

Wilansky has undergone several surgeries and is home in New York recovering, according to a Facebook page maintained by her supporters.

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Protester subpoenaed to federal grand jury, resists testifying (The Bismarck Tribune 1/4)

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Winona LaDuke: Corporate interests come to destroy our mother (8/26)
Sarah Sunshine Manning: #NoDAPL campaign awakens our people (8/26)
Dakota Access Pipeline lacks key approval to build by reservation (8/26)
Lummi Nation sends totem pole to #NoDAPL camp in North Dakota (8/26)
Dave Archambault: Why the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is fighting (8/25)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe chair dispels rumors about camp site (8/25)
Sen. Bernie Sanders joining opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline (8/25)
Native Sun News: Thousands join #NoDAPL resistance movement (8/25)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sees strong support at pipeline hearing (8/24)
Kayla DeVault: Navajo Nation must take a stand on Dakota Access (8/24)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe seeks prayers ahead of pipeline hearing (8/23)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins fight against pipeline (8/23)
Brandon Ecoffey: The Horse Nations prepare for battle over pipeline (8/23)
Simon Moya-Smith: Hillary Clinton remains silent amid pipeline feud (8/23)
Steven Newcomb: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenges domination (8/23)
Sheriff mistook sacred pipes for pipe bombs at pipeline protest site (8/23)
Tribes prepare for critical hearing in Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit (8/22)
Mark Trahant: Pipeline fight highlights power of political organizing (8/22)
Lakota Country Times: Tribes unite to stop Dakota Access Pipeline (8/22)
Vi Waln: Our water system is being threatened by energy pipelines (8/22)
Winona LaDuke: Bigger problems ahead for Dakota Access Pipeline (8/22)
Dallas Goldtooth: Tribes shut out of Dakota Access Pipeline process (8/22)
Native Sun News: Resistance grows against Dakota Access Pipeline (08/18)
Harold Frazier: Obama must put a stop to Dakota Access Pipeline (08/15)
Tribes and Native youth join forces in campaign to stop oil pipeline (08/11)
Democrats embrace tribal sovereignty in platform for convention (07/08)
Dakota Access Pipeline to go underneath tribal burial site in Iowa (06/22)
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles oil pipeline (06/08)
Iowa board approves energy pipeline work amid tribal objections (06/07)
Native Sun News: Tribes score big in fights against energy projects (05/26)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe seeks halt to construction of pipeline (05/12)
Native Sun News: Youth run 500 miles to protest new oil pipeline (05/11)
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe aims to stop pipeline (04/27)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Army Corps to discuss oil pipeline (04/26)
Native Sun News: Tribes gaining traction in war against pipelines (04/20)
Brandon Ecoffey: Tribes continue battle against energy pipelines (04/19)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sets up sacred camp to oppose pipeline (04/15)
Native Sun News: Tribes organize against Dakota Access Pipeline (04/13)
Iowa Tribe joins fight against oil pipeline on aboriginal territory (3/24)
Native Sun News: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe battles pipeline plan (3/14)
Native Sun News: Tribes fight another pipeline through Great Plains (07/07)
Meskwaki Tribe opposes oil pipeline through aboriginal territory (03/17)