Former North Dakota lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley. Photo: Minnesota National Guard

Critic of #NoDAPL movement under consideration for U.S. Attorney post

North Dakota's former lieutenant governor, who harshly criticized opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, is up for consideration as U.S. Attorney for the state, BuzzFeed News reports.

Last August, Drew Wrigley visited The Bismarck Tribune and lit into the #NoDAPL movement. He said pipeline opponents were engaging in "unlawful" activities and suggested that anyone who was at the massive encampment was guilty of "conspiracy" regardless of their actual actions.

"[I]t has become an unlawful protest," Wrigley told the paper. "And there is no way to peacefully and lawfully participate in an unlawful protest."

Those kinds of comments have prompted Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to oppose Wrigley's candidacy for U.S. Attorney, BuzzFeed News reported. But he doesn't think President Donald Trump cares.

“Everything Standing Rock asked the White House to do, they do the opposite,” Archambault told BuzzFeed News.

The United Tribes of North Dakota, which represents five tribes with homelands in the state, met with Wrigley and another candidate earlier this month to discuss law enforcement, public safety and other issues, BuzzFeed News reported. A resolution adopted by the organization demands a greater role in the selection of the U.S. Attorney.

Trump has not yet announced his nominee for the post, which Wrigley held during the Bush administration.

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