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Coalition of Peaceful Tribal Protestors Block Pipeline–on the scene reporting

This last week, I traveled down to the small reservation town of Cannon Ball, ND. This small town, which is home to the Standing Stone Reservation, along the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannon Ball River, has become the site of a stand off between the native tribes, big money, and the powers that be. This is the first time since June 25th, 1876, that the Seven Council Fires of the Native Nations were together in a camp in order to fight for their rights. This historic meeting has been a huge unifying rally point. The native people are protesting the construction of a pipeline through their land.


My trip started, as it always does, with a long drive. This one was only about 15 hours. As I was driving there, I did my best to reach out to others that I suspected might have their boots on the ground in Cannon Ball. I was able to learn that in the day it took me to travel there, the numbers of protestors had swollen from a couple hundred to over a thousand. I also heard reports from the local Sheriff’s Department that they were closing down access to the main road that lead to the area in an attempt to keep protestors out. These protest camps were located on reservation land and they were welcomed by the tribe. The reasons given were in the name of public safety and that they (the Sheriff’s Department) had heard rumors of possible gun shots and possible pipe bombs. After getting a few hours of sleep at a local cheap motel in Bismarck, ND I was determined to find a route to the demonstrators’ camps that would keep me clear of the road blocks that were already in place. After making a few calls and finding a few posts on Facebook, I decided to try Route 6 to Route 24. As there always seems to be at any protest, there was a tremendous law enforcement presence from Bismarck through to the reservation. But I was able to make it without incident and I found myself at The Red Warrior Camp.

 Please the rest of the story here at North West Liberty News.  I have also included a photo gallery and audio interviews.

Jason Van Tatenhove







Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. Monthly Brakken (not Bracken) bbls of oil was stuck under 90,000 bbl per month prior to mid 2005, now it is close to 30,000,000 bbls per month with a high of 35,664,410. I can see the need for a pipeline. But as usual, the corrupt big money oil hasn’t changed their ways in a hundred years.

    Just read a report that a Canadian company is going to put a smelter on the Pend Oreille River, which runs into the Columbia River in Canada, where there is another Canadian smelter that pollutes the Columbia River with lead, mercury, etc.

    The project is good for jobs, but the history of Canada polluting is deplorable and criminal. Our EPA has individuals thrown in jail for disturbing the soil, while giving a pass to Canadian enrichment. The new smelter will be a typical Canadian operation of polluting the USA. They pollute the Fraser River at Vancouver BC which runs into Georgia Straits where the current pushes water into US water. They dump raw sewage from Victoria directly into the Straits of Juan de Fuca. It’s the same across the entire US border.

    I hope the North Dakota natives find a resolution. Money will probably decide.

  2. cont.
    These are some of the pollutants found in the Fraser River: Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) dibenzofurans (PCDFs), 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, TCDDand polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of dioxins. One molecule of dioxin in your body will cause cancer. Do not eat salmon or other fish from the Fraser.

    Canadian owned Teck intentionally discharged at least 9.97 million tons of slag that included heavy metals such as lead, mercury, zinc and arsenic into the Columbia River which fills Lake Roosevelt, a few miles from the US border. Do not eat fish from the Columbia River.

    It is with little doubt that the natives in North Dakota have reason to suspect problems related to pollution as a result of constructing a petroleum pipe line.

  3. Another good reason for concern: The Lac-Megantic disaster along with a string of other explosive accidents across North America prompted the US Department of Transportation to issue an alert about the potential high volatility of crude from the Bakken oil patch. The US agency said that light crude oil from the Bakken region, which straddles North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, may be different from traditional heavy crudes because it is prone to ignite at a lower temperature.

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