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A veteran works to clear snow from inside of a large sleeping tent inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A veteran works to clear snow from inside of a large sleeping tent inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

#VeteransForStandingRock Has Been a Huge, Embarrassing Failure

#VeteransForStandingRock Has Been a Huge, Embarrassing Failure

For weeks in November we here in North Dakota were inundated with news about thousands of veterans coming to North Dakota to support the #NoDAPL protesters. The effort – organized by Wesley Clark, Jr. – seems to have done more harm than good. The veterans who came to North Dakota have found themselves abandoned by

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The logo for BreatheND which is the name used in advertising for the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, a North Dakota state agency created by voters on the 2008 ballot.

Governor Jack Dalrymple Proposes Closing Down BreatheND, North Dakota’s Tobacco Taliban

The “Tobacco Taliban” is what state lawmakers, in private moments, call the bureaucratic zealots at the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, a state agency created by an initiated measure in 2008 which you know better as BreatheND. The Legislature has disdained this state agency for years now. Back during the 2013 session the House

A camper maintains his shelter as high winds and a blizzard hit the Oceti Sakowin camp while "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A camper maintains his shelter as high winds and a blizzard hit the Oceti Sakowin camp while "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 6, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Audio: Meet the Guy Who Thinks the Blizzard Was a Government Attack on #NoDAPL Protesters

The #NoDAPL movement is one built in no small part on half-baked legal reasoning and conspiracy theories. It seems as though not a week has gone by which hasn’t brought us some wild accusations from the protest movement against the pipeline company or law enforcement or the state government. One recent theory caught my eye,

A camper walks through high winds during a blizzard inside the Oceti Sakowin camp, near Cannon Ball
A camper walks through high winds during a blizzard inside the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

New Standing Rock Water Intake Will Be Downstream From a Railroad Bridge Carrying Oil Shipments

Yesterday we got news from Reuters that delays in completing the Dakota Access Pipeline brought on by intense and often violent protests will mean the oil intended to begin flowing through that line in January will likely be shipped by rail. Since we all know that pipelines are a more efficient, less carbon-intensive, and overall

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Governor Jack Dalrymple aknowledges the applause after he delivered his Budget Address to members of the North Dakota legislators and the public in the House chamber Wednesday morning 12-3-2014 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Behind Dalrymple is Speaker of the House Wes Belter, left, and Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley.
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Video: Gov. Dalrymple Delivers Final Budget Address, Credits Law Enforcement for #NoDAPL Response

In North Dakota state law requires that we convene a session of our Legislature every January in odd-numbered years, just weeks after the election. It also requires that lawmakers hold an organization session in December and that at this session the Governor delivers a budget address. But oddly, when we elect a new governor, the

Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, waits to give his speech against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, waits to give his speech against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Video: #NoDAPL Tribal Leader Says “That Pipeline Had Every Right to Go Through”

This quote from Standing Rock Sioux chairman David Archambault is from a couple of days ago, but a reader just flagged it for me today. I’m posting it now because it is a very, very interesting comment. For context, the KFYR article is about the #NoDAPL protest camps getting news that the U.S. Army Corps

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Oil tanker cars move through Casselton, N.D., in this Forum file photo

Congrats #NoDAPL: Thanks to Dakota Access Delays More Oil to Be Shipped by Train

“You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil.” That’s been one of the chants used most often by #NoDAPL protesters, and it undermines the idea that the protesters are just out to protect the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water. A faction of the protesters, if not all of them, don’t merely want a safer

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Former North Dakota governor Ed Schafer

Audio: Former Gov. Ed Schafer Says He Doesn’t Think “State Has Done a Good Job” Handling #NoDAPL

I had former Governor Ed Schafer on my radio show today and while most of our conversation focused on the upcoming legislative session – he had some interesting perspective on Doug Burgum coming in as a first-term governor – but his most interesting comments were about the State of North Dakota’s handling of the #NoDAPL

A man stands near a burned out truck as Veterans and activists march to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man stands near a burned out truck as Veterans and activists march to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The #NoDAPL Protesters Should Have Heeded Warnings About the Weather

Back in the middle of last month, before winter descended on North Dakota with a vengeance, I warned #NoDAPL protesters that they should take warnings about the weather here serious. Winter in North Dakota is no joke. After that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, citing concerns over severe weather (among other things), asked protesters

A man stands near Highway 1806 just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man stands near Highway 1806 just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

It’s Worth Remembering That Alternate Dakota Access Pipeline Routes Were Already Considered

Today in an editorial the Fargo Forum seems willing to give the violent, unlawful #NoDAPL protesters a sort of heckler’s veto over the Dakota Access Pipeline route. The paper argues that President Trump, rather than walking back the Obama administration’s latest delay to the pipeline, ought to embrace it. “Does anyone believe the tribe and its

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