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While Americans Focus on DC, Cops Unleash Fury During DAPL Water Protector Eviction

Cannon Ball, ND — All water protectors must leave the camps — and abandon plans to relocate to a higher elevation — the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council wrote in a resolution passed during an executive session of a district meeting just before President Donald Trump took the oath of office.

Decisive, sharp consequences soon followed.

Journalist and livestreamer Jon Ziegler — known better as Rebelutionary Z — met the full force of the law enforcement coalition led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department on the front lines of brutal and indicative attacks on peaceful water protectors opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“All the individuals at all the camps in and around Cannon Ball need to leave the district,” Standing Rock Sioux Council resolved. “The building of an alternative site for the camp(s) within the Cannon Ball District is not needed or wanted. If there is to be any kind of a ‘site’ for the commemoration of this historic event that took place with all the tribes, the people of Standing Rock need to vote on where, what and cost before any ‘shanty town is built.’”

According to the Bismarck Tribune, “The resolution, approved by the full council Friday, applies to all of the protest camps in the area: Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud and Sacred Stone […]

“Cody Two Bears, the Cannon Ball district representative to the tribal council, said the district is requesting federal law enforcement aid in removing protesters from the district and setting up posts blocking those who do not live or work in the district from entering. The district requests these actions be taken in the next 30 days.”

Oceti Sakowin, considered the ‘main camp’ housing pipeline opposition, lies just south of Highway 1806’s Backwater Bridge — the site of fraught contention in months previous, after police fortified a makeshift barricade blocking access by emergency personnel to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

“We need to take the fire that was lit here and burns within us and go back to our own respectful reservations,” Lewis Grassrope told the council.

A lone dissenter on the resolution, Ed Blackcloud, stood against the unpopular actions of the tribe, stating, per the Bismarck Tribune,

“Very few people (at the camp) are the ones who agitate. I do not think all these people should be asked to go home when they fought for you guys, they fought for me, fought for my children, fought for your guys’ children … I feel sending these people home is wrong.”

Police and U.S. National Guard were quick to capitalize on the tribe’s resolution, moving in shortly afterward in yet more aggression against the largely peaceful group who’d maintained semi-permanent encampments near the banks of the Missouri River since last April.

Miserably parallel to similar uses of unnecessary force, law enforcement inflicted targeted attacks against the both the unarmed and journalists documenting the scene Wednesday night.

Despite previous confrontations on Backwater Bridge, police remained behind their barricade to the north — until that night — when they crossed into the south side, in order to remove a tipi.

Water protectors quickly demanded officers return the tipi, and — upon being refused — began to construct another in its place.

As The Daily Haze reports, “Police reportedly went to the south side of the barricade once again and began using rubber bullets against water protectors to prevent them from being able to assemble the second tipi. This led to a standoff that went on for hours, until the police would cross the barricade for the third time.”

Ziegler livestreamed that crossing — and paid the price.

As his own camera recorded heightening police aggression, Ziegler noted the judiciously militarized police moving into sovereign land where no U.S. law enforcement would have a right to be according to centuries’ old treaties between Native Americans and the government.

For some time, the situation remained mostly a battle of insults and screams —  until the journalist learned firsthand the telling portent of the incoming administration. Someone yelled his name.

Audio seeming to emanate from the officers’ ‘side’ sends a chilling and direct portent of events immediately to conspire. An authoritative voice — quickly echoed — grunts, “Jon Ziegler!”

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Mere seconds later, this wall of officers opens fire on the peaceful water protectors — the second or third rubber bullet fired hitting Ziegler in the hand and leg, as if a last resort to shut down the activist’s live stream.

“Fuck!!” he yells, “they’re hitting me in my fucking camera — you assholes!”

Ziegler immediately calls for medics, but ‘less-than-lethal’ force had already done its damage — he had to be transported to the local hospital for a viciously broken finger. Apparently, law enforcement purposefully targeted his camera — caring little for his personal safety.

Ziegler tweeted just after midnight on January 21, “Surgery went good (twice as long as expected). I’ll be elevating my hand at hotel for a day or 2. DR-’like a chicken bone smashed w/ hammer.’”

Rebelutionary Z wasn’t the only person seriously injured in that confrontation — an unnamed water protector shot at close range by a rubber bullet was left with a gaping hole in the leg — proving less-than-lethal a purely relative description of such police weaponry.

Without the Standing Rock tribal council’s seemingly counterintuitive agreement to shut down the camps — regardless water protectors’ consent to move to higher ground to avoid spring flooding — police would have no reason or justification to move forward in forcefully clearing the area.

Many from tribes and Indigenous nations from around the planet, as well as their non-Native supporters, had intended to remain encamped in order to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Now, the rebels who so vehemently and thoughtfully sought to protect the integrity of the water supply of millions will are facing a fresh and expansive onslaught of law enforcement brutality — thanks to the tacit consent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council.

  • Anastasia

    Wow, wonder what kind of $$$ “deal” the Sioux Tribe council made under the Table to come to this decision ? Bunch of damn SELL OUTS > People need to stop applying the myth of the “Noble Red Man” to just anyone of Indian heritage who calls themself an Elder. Obviously there’s CORRUPTION of Character that can occur within ANY group. This is one of the reasons why the HOPI PROPHECY talks of the RAINBOW TRIBE as being the salvation of the Earth…
    It’s not the color of skin or ethnicity that makes a person great, it’s the CONTENT of their CHARACTER, and it can be People of any diverse Nation who meet that calling. …F*ck the Sioux Elders, it’s the RAINBOW TRIBE who will save the day.

    • Mike Dalby

      They had every right to tell those people to leave, this is the 21st century, keep your pre modern era fantasy to yourself.
      Rainbow tribe.. lmfao

      • Anastasia

        Only IGNORAMUSES “lmfao” at things they know nothing about.
        Keep picking your nose, swilling your beer and watching your boob tube, moron.
        Thankfully SOME of us actually care about the Truth and will actually make an effort to learn it.

      • Jane domes

        Well yet another tribe is figuring out how to get another one dismantled and put out of use. It’s had some positive effect.

    • permalink

      It has been said the SRST was offered $10 million by the DAPL, but instead wanted $20 million.

    • I find it incredibly hard to believe the elders sold out considering they are refusing to take $1.3 billion from the government.

      Why the Sioux Are Refusing $1.3 Billion

      • Anastasia

        I know you have brain cells, please use them. Let’s address the *facts* of the situation as it now stands.
        The Sioux Council gave the green light for “Law” Enforcement to begin forcibly evicting the Water Protector camp….
        why oh why would those wonderful Elders do that ?
        What possibly could have persuaded those paragons of virtue to act in such a manner ?? Why was Mr Black cloud the LONE voice of dissent saying it was wrong to treat the Water Protectors in that way ? After all they had done, many of them at great expense and suffered great discomfort and danger to keep the drilling at bay….?
        That *diverse* camp of people were the only thing stopping the advancement of the Oil Companies…
        now what will happen to the Water supply with the last bastion of protectors gone from the picture ?? FIGURE IT OUT>
        Of course the Sioux council had a payday…
        so much for the great respect for the Earth that Indians are supposed to carry in their DNA….
        I guess that bunch suffered mutated genes.
        Water is Life…and sane moral unmutated people know that that beats money anyday.

  • papabear101

    If the tribe ask them to leave, then the folks should leave.
    If the tribe ask for help to remove these folks then yes law enforcement can help the local tribe
    to remove them.
    As far as law enforcement on the tribe’s land it also depends on if the BIA or the tribe controls the police there.
    My question is why are these folks staying when they have been asked to leave?

    • permalink

      “why are these folks staying when they have been asked to leave?”

      Most of the radical faction that is still at the camp on USACE ground belong to the Indigenous Environmental Network.

      This is just another issue they appear to be involved in.

      The SRST has asked them to leave.

      • papabear101

        So you claim the land they are camping on belongs to some network?
        Or is it land they are claiming under some treaty that is US government land?
        Did this group buy the camp site from some one or did they just illegally camp on it and now refuse to leave?
        If they don’t own the land then the owners have the right to demand they leave. That means that they can ask law enforcement to remove those folks.

        • permalink

          The Oceti Sakowin camp is on ground that is controlled by the USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers).

          “they just illegally camp on it and now refuse to leave?”

          The **campers** from the Indigenous Environmental Network are the ones causing all the trouble.

  • Nancy T

    What is the source for this?

  • permalink

    The **radical** water-protectors got injured because they crossed the Backwater bridge. Had they stayed on “their” side nothing would have happened.

    • kiljoy616

      No they got hurt because they don’t know how to fight back. The rest is irrelevant. This is why these kind of things never actually change anything. Either way only poor people are going to be harmed by polluted water, I am sure the rest of us “well off” should be just fine.

      • permalink

        What part of “because they crossed the Backwater bridge” do you not understand?

        There was an agreement in place that neither the police or the water-protectors would approach the bridge.

  • Wake up stupid, or you’re fucked!


    • And to all of you pro-Big oil, pro-pipeline propagandists/paid trolls:



      • permalink

        Anyone who lives near South Dakota or North Dakota already knew the Natives refused the payment.

        Btw, this payment has nothing at all to do w/ the DAPL. Why are you stupidly posting it here?

        • Umm, because it strikes at the very heart of the whole argument that the Indians on the reservation are only after more money?

          Before calling someone stupid, perhaps you should think a little harder.

          • permalink

            “this payment has nothing at all to do w/ the DAPL”

            Should I type slower?

  • William Hickey

    The Magnitude of the Lie

    Incentivized Criminalization is a cancer in our country like the political parties. A victim-less crime is Malum Prohibitum which according to the constitution is not a crime. Free will is not a crime though they enforce it here. Watch on you tube “Former Deputy Sheriff Eddy Craig Right To Travel”. Then go to Hillsdale College there is a free course Constitution 101 which will help you to better understand what this Country’s original Founders intent was. What made this Country Great. Freewill is what you will find. Inherit Rights endowed to us by our Creator. Doctor Micheal Savage does an excellent Investigative Journalistic Report on Incentivized Criminalization on one of his past radio talk show episodes. When they removed the prison system from privately held to publicly traded, which many Politicians supported, was the beginning. All you have to do is follow the money and you will find it leads back into holding companies, which are held in mutual fund type setups, and is in most of our Politicians retirement accounts. You can think President Bush Jr. for signing and promoting the war on drugs which provides the constant inflow of non violent criminals for the most part. It is a way to control the voting blocks of the poor, minorities, lower middle class and so on. You cannot vote for the most part in this Country if you have a Felony. A person gets convicted for possession of Hemp which George Washington grew, Thomas Jefferson and many of the other founding fathers. In World War II the government ran a propaganda film “Hemp for Victory” . Now today a person gets caught 3 times with possession and they can do 20, 30, 40 years in prison. For Malum Prohibitum crime. Exercising there freewill not harming anyone. Now take a rapist or pedophile. They have committed Malum in Se. A crime against humanity. They get 6,10, 15 year sentences. Are you starting to see the problem?

    Wake up America!

    General Billy Bob Hickey

  • William Hickey

    The Patriot

    1st Edition

    ( On The Precipice Of War Again? )

    Dear Good Citizens,

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”. Eleanor Roosevelt

    May I ask for a moment of your time!

    11 score and 19 years ago our forefathers brought forth this great nation with an idea, the common understanding that all men are created equal. On the Precipice of war they drafted our Declaration of Independence:

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    By experiencing the atrocities of their times and after winning a war with great loss of life they drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ( The1st 10 Amendments).

    “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    We the People, how profound! There are 21 articles in the constitution. Then why the Bill of Rights(The 1st 10 Amendments)?

    Though much of the subject matter is mentioned in The Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America. The founding fathers felt it important to further detail the most important Rights which are the Inherit Rights of the American Citizens, the Rights of a Free People..

    Phenomenal isn’t it?

    For anyone wondering why I did not mention the13th Amendment is that it was just a clarification of the original intent of the Declaration of Independence “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”!

    So often we forget that our Country is based upon an idea. See a man can die but a good idea as simple as it sounds can last hundreds of years. I admit our Country has had its dark times in the past. Lets call it out for what it was. The near genocide of many Native American Indian cultures. The enslavement of people both dark skinned and fair. How was such atrocities justified? They call it Propaganda! See history is so often written by the winners of any conflicts and rarely tells the truths of the actual events and injustices if such truths reflect badly on the winners. Like rat poison they trick you by giving you some truths interwoven with lies. Rat poison is 99 % good food and 1% poison. I dare to guess we all have seen, heard or have experienced similar situations in our own lives. Atrocities where great injustices are covered up or justified by the offenders. If a person doesn’t have the finances to seek justice then they are left having to endure the emotional costs of such offenses with no avenue of recourse.

    I know great harm can come from the best of intentions and a persons actions speak louder than their words. Since our very existence there has always been hate, and there always will be, but each of us are in charge of how we choose to feel. You can sit there and ignore the truth but you are only betraying yourself. For the truth cannot be destroyed. In this world we must all die. It is out of our control and the inevitable fact of our existence on earth. Our choice is how we wish to live that existence.

    As we approach our Country’s 240th birthday I ask all of you to look around and honestly ask yourself if our country is now an honest reflection of our founding fathers visions. Visions given to them by their Creator.

    When I look around I see a country that has fallen from God’s grace. Unborn children being killed by the millions. Individuals inherit rights being violated daily. Politicians preaching hate and division amongst those that put them in office. The total disregard of our Constitution by Presidents and Representatives. You may ask who to hold responsible for these transgressions against us?

    Sadly in reality all any of us have to do is look in a mirror. I know why you did it! You were scared, you quit believing in God or a higher power or wished to believe that your Representatives have your best interests in mind when they legislate, just too tired after a hard day of work to simply take a moment and vote. When we took Creation Science out of the schools we turned our back on our creator and everyone of us are guilty, yet our children are the ones who will suffer the most! We had once a great nation and I believe we can have it again.

    In closing, all I can ask of you is to be honest to yourself. Instead of discussing events, discuss ideas of how we can get back on track, at least in our own communities. I also ask that if you believe as I believe, if you feel as I feel and if you have seen what I have seen, then find it in your hearts to do something about it, if for no other reason than for your children. I personally have been seeking the truth for 50 years and have recently found it. Never stop learning and always keep going forward with an open mind.


    General Billy Bob Hickey, God’s Corps

    God Bless America

  • William Hickey

    Thank You May the Great Spirit Protect you…. From the lone Sauk