Governor Orders Evacuation at Standing Rock, Tribe Calls on Army Corps to Reaffirm ‘No Forcible Removal’

Standing Rock water protectors are responding to North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple’s ordered to immediately evacuate the main encampment opposing the Dakota Access pipeline.

In the following video, Dallas Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network and other representatives at the Sacred Stone camp respond to the evacuation order and engage in a question and answer session.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, made the following statement in a press release:

“Today, Gov. Dalrymple issued an executive order calling for mandatory evacuation of all campers located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lands, also known as the Oceti Sakowin camp. This state executive order is a menacing action meant to cause fear, and is a blatant attempt by the state and local officials to usurp and circumvent federal authority.

The USACE has clearly stated that it does not intend to forcibly remove campers from federal property. The Governor cites harsh weather conditions and the threat to human life. As I have stated previously, the most dangerous thing we can do is force well-situated campers from their shelters and into the cold. If the true concern is for public safety than the Governor should clear the blockade and the county law enforcement should cease all use of flash grenades, high-pressure water cannons in freezing temperatures, dog kennels for temporary human jails, and any harmful weaponry against human beings.

This is a clear stretch of state emergency management authority and a further attempt to abuse and humiliate the water protectors. The State has since clarified that they won’t be deploying law enforcement to forcibly remove campers, but we are wary that this executive order will enable further human rights violations.”

The Chairman called on the Army Corps to affirm their previous statement regarding no forcible removal.

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