Police Raid Interrupts Native Prayer Against Dakota Pipeline

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By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

"The senators who voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline know they don't have the votes to override President Obama's veto, so ultimately this was a symbolic vote for them—a testament to their loyalty to dirty money over rational public policy," said Kyle Ash of Greenpeace. (Photo: Chesapeakeclimate/flickr/cc)

The ongoing battle over the North Dakota pipeline has lead to an increased hostile environment. In recent news, North Dakota police have surrounded Native Americans with military-style equipment as they gathered in prayer in opposition of the construction this past Wednesday.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, among many other supporting tribes from across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, as well as supporting communities at large, have been gathered at the construction site in resistance for months. They view the pipeline as a destruction of sacred and treaty-protected land, ultimately harming their livelihood.

The protest has halted what could have been a swift plan to implement a 1,170 mile oil pipeline, and instead, caused a national uproar over environmental and moral concerns that a leak or spill could be ruinous, while exposing the arrogance and greed of those behind the Dakota Access pipeline.

“ND authorities deploy armed personnel with shotguns and assault rifles, military vehicles, and aerial spray on peaceful Water Protectors gathered in prayer,” explained the Sacred Stone Camp.

The protestors have been met with intense threats in the form of military-style armored vehicles and shotguns for defending the Missouri River. At least 21 were arrested as a result.

A Sicangu Lakota grandmother opened up about the unfortunate event on Wednesday, saying:

“We had a really nice ceremony. And then we looked, and over that way, and the police—there was a few police. And the next thing I knew, there were like 40 police, and they were all dressed in riot gear. We did exactly what we were told to do, except the ones who were in the road, just to tell everybody, ‘Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving.’ And I’ve never in my life seen a gun in real life. And I’ve never had a gun pointed at me. And we all went—I went into shock.”

And one participant, Thomas H. Joseph II, posted a disturbing video exposing the happenings. Narrating the situation, he explains that helicopters have dropped tear gas, while an officer is seen loading his gun amongst protestors chanting, “We have no guns.”

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  3. Angela Rahn Angela Rahn says:

    Freedom of religion!!!

  4. Nanny Oakley Nanny Oakley says:

    who’s being hostile?

  5. Riot gear and police pointing loaded shot guns on women and children who are just praying and exercising their right to a peaceful protest. Welcome to the New World order!!!! It’s here! Why are they just terrorizing the women and children? Cowards!

  6. Hang in there Peeps , stay strong ..

  7. I am with the Native Americans. Just yesterday I had to release trapped lost souls from Swansea, MA, USA which I believe were from the 16th century? Of the time of Wolsely in the Bristol County ? A lot of the native Americans wiped out during that time centuries ago I believe ? I was honoured to be able to release the stuck souls from the rivers at Swansea Town Beach and guided then through to the Light. The ancestors are hearing. Tbe world is listening. I have been able to clairaudiently hear the native American drumming and chants as well as angel choirs since 2 months back (i am way down south in South Africa). May we all rise and fight against this evil .!

  8. Steven Dukes Steven Dukes says:

    Why the hell can’t they do this to them damn nigers blocking the road

    • Rachel Marie Rachel Marie says:

      Ya spelled it wrong first of all, second of all just cause you can’t afford to hire those human beings you call the N WORD to clean up your trash doesn’t give you any right to talk about people like that. Funny, those people have built this country with their blood, sweat, and tears. You’re mighty full of yourself aren’t you?!

  9. Bob Hoffman Bob Hoffman says:

    Maybe they should pretend to be Muslims. Lol

  10. Disgusting how are they even aloud to do this

  11. Rachel Marie Rachel Marie says:

    This is such bullshit!

  12. Joey Vazquez Joey Vazquez says:

    This country will soon have a dictatorship government,unless we stand up to this bullcrap.

  13. T.j. Dillon T.j. Dillon says:

    i could understand prayer if it would get your GOD off its ass and fix this shit. happy thoughts doesnt stop bad shit from happening.

  14. 90% of them are not from North Dakota

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