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Like a ‘Concentration Camp’ Police Mark DAPL Protesters with Numbers & Lock Them in Dog Kennels

dapl-concentration-camp-thumbCannon Ball, N.D. — On Thursday, police from no less than five states sporting full riot gear and armed with heavy lethal and nonlethal weaponry, pepper spray, mace, a number of ATVs, five tanks, two helicopters, and military-equipped humvees showed up to tear down an encampment of Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and supporters armed with … nothing.

Under orders from the now-notorious Morton County Sheriff’s Office, this ridiculously heavy-handed standing army came better prepared to do battle than some actual military units fighting overseas.

But the target of their operation — a group of slightly more than 200 Native American water protectors and supporters opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — never intended to do battle with the armed, taxpayer-funded, corporate-backed, state-sponsored aggressors.

Reports vary, but no less than 141 people were arrested Thursday, and — according to witnesses — police marked numbers on arrestees’ arms and housed them in cement-floored dog kennels, without any padding, before they were transported as far away as Fargo.

“It goes back to concentration camp days,” asserted Oceti-Sakowin coordinator Mekasi Camp-Horinek, who, along with his mother, was marked and detained in a mesh kennel, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Although Thursday’s incident remained relatively peaceful for some time, with only shouts, chants, and occasional attempts by water protectors to convince this standing army to examine its motives and reconsider, clashes nonetheless broke out — solely because of gratuitous police aggression.

After facing off for a couple hours, these militant cops began closing in on the water protectors to shut down the Treaty of 1851 camp — in reference to the Fort Laramie Treaty of that year, which established a large parcel of land designated exclusively Native American territory not to be disturbed by the U.S. government. Prior to his arrest, Camp-Horinek had established the camp, stating, as cited by Indigenous Rising:

“Today, the Oceti Sakowin has enacted eminent domain on DAPL lands, claiming 1851 treaty rights. This is unceded land. Highway 1806 as of this point is blockaded. We will be occupying this land and staying here until this pipeline is permanently stopped. We need bodies and we need people who are trained in non-violent direct action.  We are still staying non-violent and we are still staying peaceful.”

Despite the water protectors’ commitment to nonviolence, the militarized police response went as would be expected — horribly awry.

“A prayer circle of elders, including several women, was interrupted and all were arrested for standing peacefully on the public road,” stated a press release from Indigenous Environment Network. “A tipi was erected in the road and was recklessly dismantled, despite law enforcement statements that they would merely mark the tipi with a yellow ribbon and ask its owners to retrieve it. A group of water protectors was also dragged out of a sweat lodge ceremony erected in the path of the pipeline, thrown to the ground, and arrested.”

Claims to the contrary by Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier aside, Native American and Indigenous water protectors and supporters have refrained from violent acts on the whole, preferring instead peaceful prayer vigils and acts of civil disobedience.

No matter how peacefully the opposition acts, armed defenders of Big Oil interests seem determined to brutalize, disrespect, and generally incite and inflict violence against those who desire unsullied water for generations to come.

In fact, at the beginning of September, a private security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for pipeline construction, indiscriminately unleashed vicious attack dogs on water protectors, press, and supporters — for reasons as yet unknown.

During the savage attack, a pregnant woman, young girl, and many others suffered serious dog bites thanks to the ineptitude of the dogs’ handlers. Afterward, a warrant for inciting a riot was issued Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman — for doing her job, filming events as they happened — though charges were subsequently thrown out.

Although ETP and some law enforcement officers defended the barbarous actions of the private security mercenaries, the Guardian now reports that — because the guards lacked proper licensing — they could now face criminal charges. On Wednesday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office made the determination that “dog handlers were not properly licensed to do security work in the state of North Dakota.”

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Bob Frost, owner of Ohio-based Frost Kennels, told the Guardian, “All the proper protocols … were already done. I pulled my guys out the next day because we weren’t there to go to war with these protesters.”

Frost insisted he had cooperated with authorities investigating the incident — but the sheriff’s department disagrees. Seven handlers and dogs were deployed to the scene in early September, allegedly in response to reports of trespassers; but, according to the Guardian, police have only managed to identify two people.

The sheriff’s department claims Frost has not provided necessary information, and unnamed security officials cited in the report said that “there were no intentions of using the dogs or handlers for security work. … However, because of the protest events, the dogs were deployed as a method of trying to keep the protesters under control.”

In a statement cited by the Guardian, Morton County Captain Jay Gruebele said, “Although lists of security employees have been provided, there is no way of confirming whether the list is accurate or if names have been purposely withheld.”

Water protectors, in the meantime, are left to deal with absurdly disproportionate state violence — and the altogether unacceptable, disrespectful, and demeaning insult of being relegated to dog kennels after being arrested for exercising their rights.

As Lakota Country Times editor Brandon Ecoffey wrote in an editorial Thursday,

“Over the course of the last several months the abuse of detainees by Morton County Law Enforcement has overstepped every boundary guaranteed by the American constitution. Water protectors have been seen being bound and hooded by police. People are being stripped searched and abused within their jail for misdemeanor crimes. And police have employed the use of mass surveillance through drones on the protector camps. This isn’t a war zone this is North Dakota.”

  • Steve Wilkins

    The American establishment is at war with it’s own people. Corporate arrogance will inevitably be translated into a backlash. It’s a crying shame these people are not being supported by the American public 000’s should be there in mind body and soul. Once again government/corporate overreach squashes the citizen protest. they don’t like it when people bring guns to the party – but look how they treat those that don’t!

    • Cj Rolphe

      I’m there in Mind and Soul….body is shot!!!

  • Sharon Jeanguenat

    Our government is disgraceful! This is as bad as how they treated Indians back when the West was being settled. They give lands to the Indians, then when somebody comes along that needs that land to make money, they up & take it away from the Indians. God help us if Hillary wins this election!

    • The Cat’s Vagina (Nasty Woman)

      Who’s gonna help us if Trump wins? *walks away muttering* Fuckin’ twat!

      • FiuToYou

        The true Americans and the people of this planet who want peace and prosperity for all. And prosperity is not just ‘MONEY’, it’s a way of existence that doesn’t hinge on killing people!!!!

      • K4K

        Where is Obama and Clinton??? Who is helping you now?? Obama has no problem with this pipeline going across tribal land!

        • Melissa Howe Pomeranz

          Obama can’t do anything. It’s in the Federal Courts. It’s a separate branch of government not beholden to the executive branch. Take a civics course.

          • K4K

            You are very, very wrong. He can direct the Army Corp of Engineers to re-evaluate the pipeline route which will stop construction. He can also issue an executive order to say no one can build on tribal land without the consent of the tribal leaders. Please go to your local community college and sign up for some civics classes

      • Doesn’t work to be a man pretending to be a woman. How do I know you’re NOT a woman? Ever heard a woman call another a woman a “twat”. ./. you’re not making anyone vote for Killary Clinton (not a mis-spelling)

        • Rudy Villalobos
          • A vote for Killery is a vote for ISIS. Remember that Wikileaks has a ten year history of 100% accuracy. http://uconservative.com/2016/10/22/hillarys-isis-email-just-leaked-worse-anyone-imagined/ A woman can’t call another woman a twat? I’m a woman and I call Killery a CUNT #Jill2016

          • canucanoe2

            I like you.

          • Left out the 500k killed in Syria due to meddling by State Department … run as it was by Hillary Moneybags.

            Moneybags gives Baby Boomers a bad rep.

          • billdeserthills

            I’d love to also hear about how hillary went from her self proclaimed ‘Broke’ state to depositing $1.8 Billion in a foreign bank?!

          • billdeserthills

            The real scandal is that the majority are voting for Trump and the minority
            Trolls it up with hillary’s lies, thinking ‘if we just keep saying loud enough everyone will believe’–
            Hasn’t been working out so well for global warming lately though, has it Troll??

            Don’t believe the major media, they are all paid-off liars for hillary Trump is gonna Win
            Trump is already ahead, the media won’t tell the truth, they don’t want to lose their pitiful liar jobs

          • canucanoe2

            Both Drumpf and Hillary are establishment whores. The only difference is that Drumpf has admitted to bribing politicians with campaign contributions while Hillary is guilty of taking contributions. (bribes) Two sides to the same coin.

          • billdeserthills

            You forget one other most important difference, hillary supporter–Mr Trump has never murdered anyone, unlike your hero

        • billdeserthills

          She posted a pic of herself the other day and it matched her description

      • Shut your cunt hole and make a sammich

      • Why are you talking like a little kid? Try acting like an adult without role playing on a political thread. Obama hasn’t done shit about the pipeline in fact helped to push it forward. You are a very sad uninformed person that needs to stay off forums.

      • canucanoe2

        You are vile.

      • Arturo William Carralero

        Two sides of the same Koch/Soros coin. Shepherds herding those that want (Respectively), unlimited gun rights, (Their interpretation of) Judeo Christian based law, and sealed borders/unlimited access to abortion, open borders, and full sexual freedom (especially LGBT). Neither side of that coin promises, or even seeks, strong protection of the environment, strong support for human/workers’ rights, revitalization of our crumbled infrastructure, making Health Care accessible to all Americans, or PEACE…. The 2-Party System has failed us!!!! 😡

    • Matt Rustebakke

      Trump didnt become a real estate tycoon without legally stealing what was not his, without putting people out on the streets, without practicing em8nent domain.

      • billdeserthills

        What’s that, Mr Trump employed the same manner of business as other big business people do??
        Well I for one am not shocked in the least about this factual representation!

        Trump for the White House
        hillary for the Big House!!

    • exe973

      You might want to read up on what Trump has done to homeowners for Golf Course land…

      • billdeserthills

        I still prefer that to actually killing people, which hillary seems to do very well, why don’t you tell me about
        the $1.8 billion hillary deposited in a foreign bank?

    • Wren1

      Do you know one if the major reasons Indians became the enemy? The Jamestown Massacre in 1622 started it. During the American Revolution the Cherokee and 5 of the 6 tribes in the North fought with the British and again during the War of 1812. That is what motivated Andy Jackson and my ancestor William Henry Harrison.

  • Werner Rhein

    It looks like the militarized American police forces are stacked with ex Nazi or Stasi officers, They learned well from their methods.
    Any doubts? Gruebele and Kirchmeier are typical german names and there are probably many more. These people where outcasts and looked at as scum in their home country. But the land of the strong and free picked them up to lead the police forces. Many of these people went also to South American dictatorships to lead deathsquads.

    • Don’t buy into the Jewish lies of the supposedly’evil’ nazis… http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com

      • billdeserthills

        Are you saying the Holocaust was simply a fancy summer camp party that hitler staged for minority members and those ‘evil nazi’s were just falling all over themselves as they served cake, cookies and soda pop to all the Gypsies and Jews?
        I’d love to see you say that in Germany

    • Oscar D

      Warner, I hope you are aware that, if those people would be NAZI and Gestapo or whatever, they would have to be very, very, very old- most likely dead. Nazi Germany disappeared in 1945. Not every person with German (ish) name is a nazi. It is better for everyone to connect to reality and see how the things can be solved without (silly) conspiracy theories unrolling everywhere.

      • Werner Rhein

        What about descendants of them and the STASI was dismantled 20 some years ago. The CIA was established after WWII with 300 Nazi officers mainly from the eastern front and a handful of US officers to direct them. That is how the cold war was started with leis. All these things are orchestrated over a long time. Soon it won’t be just American Africans or Natives who are terrorized.

  • FiuToYou

    By BY world! Hello hell!!! Good job Amerika!!!

  • 30yrfed

    Where is Loretta Lynch and DOJ and why are they not enforcing the constitutional protections and the terms of the treaties? Where is our community organizer President? If this were Black lives Matter folks the Dept of Just-us would be all over it!!

    • Wren1

      Because there are no applicable protections the tribes deserve in this situation. Both the 1868 treaty and several SCOTUS decisions confirm their legal standing as ZERO!

  • tz1

    Ask LeVoy Finicum if it could be worse. Oh, you can’t, the government murdered him.
    Until we stand united for full due process, and not first check if they are on our side of the political spectrum, we will lose.
    Hillary doesn’t care. Jill Stein needs to go to Prison for a few months like the Bundys since she hates them for being found Not Guilty.
    Maybe the protesters will all be charged with terrorism like the Hammonds. Should I have any more sympathy for them than they have for the Hammonds?

    • The Bundy Klan were allowed to takeover public land for 41 days & were NOT brutalized the way the Native Water Protectors have been: no dogs set on them, no pepper spray or bean bags shot at them.
      The definition of “terrorism” is ACTUAL VIOLENCE for a political purpose. The U.S> government engages in it regularly abroad and at home (against Occupy6, BLM & now the Native Water Protectors) Your boy Finicum POINTED A GUN AT POLICE yelling he wasn’t gong down without a fight. Bet you’re one of those people who ahs no problem when an UN-ARMED Black person is killed by cops.

      And your statement that Jill Stein should go to prison for her OPINION: that’s authoritarianism,buddy—that’s real TYRANNY—not the fake kind you racist Militia gun-nuts are always blathering about. I hope your side loses since it would be an American version of Nazi Germany if you win.

      • tz1

        I’m actually very hard against most of the militarized, paranoid, comply-or-die, shoot first, “I was in fear of my life”, “I thought it was a gun” police. See Will Grigg as he covers such well.
        Finicum did NOT point a gun at anyone. The FBI and OSP created a kill zone. The accused have been in solitary for 6 months. Has anyone at the DAPL been in jail for more than a week? They did actual property crimes. There were 16 FBI informants at Malheur.
        Yes, the USG engages in terrorism, but you don’t care about ranchers, and wonder why many don’t care about the DAPL protesters (and do you care about the EPA’s oops that poisoned the Navajo’s water supply?).
        Jill Stein committed a criminal act. Either we have the rule of law or not. The Malheur refuge was unlocked, no property was damaged, no interference occurred. Let Jill Stein face the jury (after being held in solitary for months and being shackled so she has to defecate on herself) and see if she is found “not guilty” like Aamon Bundy.

  • Guy

    Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong, Who The Hell Knows For Sure ? Is the pipe going trough or near by the reservation ? Will it damage the river or won’t it ? Again who knows ? Have burial gowns been damaged or not ?

    Couple of point’s
    What the U.S.A. See’s and Want’s, It takes, no matter what, and will roll over anyone or body in it’s way. Eminent Domain, Asset Forfeiture or Vietnam, all the same !

    Money, Greed, Oil is the grease that makes us go, so a few indians spouting treaty’s, stand no chance, but God Bless Them for standing up for what they belive in !

    I remember a time in the late 70’s, when the indians took over Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, and thumbed there noses at the Fed’s. The Fed’s were totally flummoxed, din’t know what to do, failing miserably at all attempts to get them off, and lost !

    Now ! Indians have Casinos here in California, and are making millions of our gambling greed. Good For Them !!!!!

  • Tim Dubois

    what i want to know is why american citizens are allowing the government to do this?

  • George Reichel

    Our Palestinians

  • Betty Sines

    County animal shelter??? IS this the animal shelter??? WHERE are all the dogs? Did they quickly murder all the animals, hose it out and house the Native Americans in there???? OMG. How cruel at every angle

  • Anti512
  • Irina von Korff

    Where is Obama, congress, and the Justice Department who all swore to protect and defend the constitution? All have violated their oath of office.

    • Melissa Howe Pomeranz

      Obama cannot interfere in a case that’s in the federal courts. That’s how this works. It’s a separate branch of government. We have three. Judicial. Legeslative. Executive. Executive has no power over the judicial branch save appointments of jurists. The president cannot interfere in federal cases.

  • Tired_of_poor_healthcare

    Tell us again, #CorruptDNC, why progressives should fear Donald in the WH? Because he will create of a violent racist police state? This has already happened under President “Hope and Change” Obama. This is happening with the blessing of the #CorruptDNC establishment. #JillStein is the only candidate who has spoken out against this travesty. The silence speaks volumes.

  • Don’t buy their shit.

    If you drive a car you are supporting pipeline companies and their security forces.

    Don’t buy and the pipeline companies go out of business.

    Get rid of the damned cars.

    • billdeserthills

      Yeah, Walk to Work or Bust dang-nabbit/sarc

      • Walk to work or quit bitchin’.

        • billdeserthills

          Stay home and bitch online

  • D Laurier Beaulieu

    Sadly a lot of the racism against us is being expressed here by the armed goons sent by oil companies. Its not just a campaign to trample us for being in the way… there is actual hate for natives. They see us as “vermin”, and are trying to provoke us to retaliate so they can exterminate us.

    • billdeserthills

      Such a disgusting clump of pretend nazi trash
      Do you also hate all the Gypsies and other minority’s the nazi’s exterminated
      That isn’t a real question scum

    • billdeserthills

      You are a real CUNT, fake nazi boot licker POS

  • Kevin Biegler

    Boycott North Dakota, Sunoco and Phillips 66

    • billdeserthills

      Already Done
      they don’t have any of that stuff in AZ

    • Wren1

      I always use Shell 93 octane in my porsche

  • Dan Aguilera

    Because of the previous comments, it is easy to see why the natives. Seem to be ignored by media and are getting no help. Everyone seems to be busy talking shit about Obama, Hilary and Trump. Let’s get back on topic and stop being jerks to one another. This is serious and the pipe line needs to be shut down. Not just that but the natives have been mistreated to many times they need help.

  • Teresa Roberts

    Solidarity with Standing Rock. Meanwhile, 2 new pipelines have been approved.
    Shameful and disheartening.

  • Leslie Greene

    …and just what does Trump have to say about #dapl? Dangerous, dangerous man….dangerous followers. Heaven help us after he loses #swingstatevoters #antihate #independentvoters

  • Boycott Big Oil, buy a hybrid or electric, hurt them where it hurts the most and there will be no need for these pipelines.

  • Melissa Howe Pomeranz

    This is nothing like a concentration camp. Nothing.

    I shouldn’t have to fucking say this AGAIN.



    The only time it is reasonable to invoke as comparable is IF it’s perpetrated upon Jews for whom that ancestral and visceral pain exists directly.

    The Standing Rock Sioux like all natives of the Americas have their own ancestral pain through genocide, displacement, maltreatment, systemic rape, enslavement. It is just as valid but it is simply different.

    Stop invoking Jewish pain in your 24 hours of hell narrative. It’s not the same. It’ll never be the same until you’re being permanently tattooed, forced to live naked in outdoor uninsulated log barracks in desperately cold conditions for 7-10 years if you’re lucky enough to escape the gas chamber, firing squads and ovens and mass graves.

    Then and only then will it be the same.

    Never will you hear a Jew invoke the Trail of Tears in a Shoah Narrative. It would be inappropriate, regardless of 2000 years of similar suffering. We simply do not refer to the Death Marches as a Jewish Trail of Years. If we did, the outcry would be deafening.

    Fucking stop it.

  • Wren1

    The Indian Tribe has zero legal claims on the route of the pipeline; the tribe ignored two years of public hearings and now are using unsubstantiated safety claims along with a disproven alleged burial site they have coupled with some nebulous spiritual entitlement that has no relevance in property law. All the law stands on the side of the DAPL.

    Indian tribes are domestic dependent nations existing in a state of pupilage. Their relation to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian. Chief Justice John Marshall established the premise that Indian nations do not possess all of the attributes of sovereignty that the word “nation” normally implies. Indian nations are not “foreign,” but rather exist within the geographical boundaries of the United States, which limits their sovereignty. For example, in Brendale v. Yakima Indian Nations from 1989, the Court ruled that the Yakima Indian Nation did not have the power to apply its zoning laws to property owned by non-Indians in areas of the reservation that had lost their Indian character. The result of the rulings was to eliminate the power of tribes to exercise civil jurisdiction over the activities of non-Indians on the reservation, even where those activities implicate an important tribal interest. All that means is if this were their land, it has been out of their control for 133 years since the ranch has been there that long. Per Brensdale they lost the power to affect a project like this a hundred years ago.

    So they claim the Cannonball Ranch is Treaty land, but if that were true then they MUST approve the pipeline per Article 11, 6th clause from the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
    6th. This is from the Tribe’s website and supersedes the 1851 Treaty because the Indian brike the treaty of 1851 by attacking Americans headed west.
    Clause 6
    “They withdraw all pretense of opposition to the construction of the railroad now being built along the Platte River and westward to the Pacific Ocean, and they will not in future object to the construction of railroads, wagon-roads, mail-stations, or other works of utility or necessity, which may be ordered or permitted by the laws of the United States. But should such roads or other works be constructed on the lands of their reservation, the Government will pay the tribe whatever amount of damage may be assessed by three disinterested commissioners to be appointed by the President for that purpose, one of said commissioners to be a chief or head-man of the tribe.”

    The Indians have no legal standing in the property use issue. #YesDAPL. Get it done!