Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — A spokesman for the North Dakota Highway Patrol says a case of vandalism involving oil poured on the State Capitol on Halloween night appears to be related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, as those responsible left a sign saying "You can't drink oil," a popular refrain among protesters. Lt. Tom Iverson said a "decent amount" of motor oil was poured on the sidewalk, limestone walls and windows at about 9:32 p.m. around the entrance of the legislative wing on the west side of the complex.
BISMARCK – A spokesman for one faction of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance said Monday, Oct.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Blackhawk helicopters with water buckets were used to extinguish a grass fire that started overnight west of the main camp where Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying. People at the Oceti Sakowin camp said the fire started around 1:30 a.m. or 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, on a hill across Highway 1806 from the camp entrance. The fire spread to the northwest, away from camp that is just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Authorities were investigating a possible drowning Sunday afternoon in the Cannonball River next to one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps. At least three ambulances and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to the scene in Sioux County on the south side of the river in an area known as the Rosebud camp, across the river from the main Oceti Sakowin camp.
BISMARCK – Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the increasingly tense situation unfolding between law enforcement and protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline after 127 people were arrested over the weekend. Archambault said in a statement late Sunday, Oct. 23, that the situation “deserves the immediate and full attention” of the Justice Department.
BISMARCK – U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday, Oct.
BISMARCK — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday, Oct. 20, of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK — The Democratic-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor is criticizing her Republican counterpart for declining to participate in a debate before the Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford, who is running with Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla on the Dem-NPL ticket, said both she and Libertarian Party candidate Marty Riske's running mate, Joshua Voytek of Fargo, accepted an invitation to participate in an Oct. 18 debate at the University of Mary in Bismarck.
BISMARCK — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to set aside tribally owned land for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to relocate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County, but Chairman Dave Archambault II stopped short of saying the tribe is moving the existing camp. "We're trying to work with everybody in the area and we're trying to build consensus, and we're trying to do the best we can to accommodate safety," he said Wednesday, Oct. 19.
MANDAN, N.D. — A judge Monday refused to charge "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman with rioting for her coverage of a Sept. 3 clash between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and private security guards, but the Morton County sheriff's office said Goodman could still face charges.