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An aerial view of the main protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. The area is in a flood plain and must be clear of buildings and people who have been illegally camping to protest the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Highway Patrol Spokesman Says #NoDAPL Clean up Is “Not Going to Be Fast Enough”

Audio: Highway Patrol Spokesman Says #NoDAPL Clean up Is “Not Going to Be Fast Enough”

“It’s slow moving,” Lt. Tom Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol told me yesterday on my radio show (audio below), “and it’s not going to be fast enough to be honest.” He was referring to the clean up efforts at the #NoDAPL protest camps in south central North Dakota. The thousands of activists who

Though the Oceti Sakowin Camp was hit by a severe blizzard earlier in the week, tents and vehicles still filled the area on Thursday. Campers worked to keep each other warm, cutting firewood and passing out hand and foot warmers. (Grace Pastoor | Forum News Service)

According to Report #NoDAPL Camp Organizers Dealt With Attempted Rape Internally

Buried deep in a November Rolling Stone report from the Oceti Sakowin camp (the largest of the #NoDAPL protest camps established without permit on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land) is this disturbing revelation about protest organizers choosing to deal with an alleged attempted rape internally instead of reporting it to authorities (emphasis mine): In the face

An elder from the Oceti Sakowin camp tells protesters to stop their protest and head back to camp during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannon Ball, N.D., Nov. 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

#NoDAPL Activists Slash Law Enforcement Tires, Vandalize Construction Equipment in Renewed Protests

The last few days have been quiet in terms of protest activity in south central North Dakota around the construction corridor of the Dakota Access Pipeline, but today things are heating up again. I had heard a rumor that protesters slashed tires on law enforcement and other first responder vehicles today, something North Dakota Highway

#NoDAPL protesters stand across the Cantapeta Creek on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Photo via Morton County

Video: #NoDAPL Protesters Set Fire to Hillside in Attempt to Drive Back Police

It was another day of rioting down at the #NoDAPL protests, once again along the Cantapeta Creek where law enforcement and activists clashed a few days ago. Last month fires set by protesters during an illegal blockade of Highway 1806 damaged a bridge there which authorities have kept closed. Two large trucks set on fire

A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who used his Navajo name, Askii Ligaii, looks back as logs burn on the Morton County Road 134 bridge to hold back law enforcement on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Internet Rumor Claiming Two Cops Have Turned in Their Badges Over #NoDAPL Protests Is “Completely False”

One thing that’s been impressive about the #NoDAPL movement is their ability to flood the zone on social media with their messaging. They can take even a patently false rumor and make it spread like wildfire. Some of the crazier claims protesters have made is that a girl was shot at a protest by a

Video Shows Two Individuals Vandalizing State Capitol in Connection to #NoDAPL Protests

Earlier today we got news that the North Dakota state capitol had been vandalized apparently in connection with the on-going #NoDAPL protests south of the Bismarck/Mandan area. Two individuals threw oil across the limestone of the capitol building near the entrance to the Legislative chambers and left a note saying “you can’t drink oil.” You

Protestors face off with police officers along North Dakota Hwy. 1806 on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Audio: “Absolute Bold Lie” ND Highway Patrol Spokesman Says of Claim That #NoDAPL Protesters Were Mistreated

Last week Dakota Access protesters clashed with North Dakota law enforcement when they refused to leave a stretch of public highway they were blocking, as well as private land adjacent to the highway where they were camping. In the wake of that violence many of the protesters have claimed they were mistreated. Standing Rock tribal

Dakota Access Pipeline crews leave the work site on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, north of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. Work has not yet resumed in that area due to safety concerns surrounding the protest. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Law Enforcement Officers at Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Take Precautions After Social Media Threats

Law enforcement personnel working at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation are taking precautions not to advertise their identities after threats were made to specific officers both online and in person. Currently work on the pipeline has been halted by Energy Transfer Partners due to safety concerns related to the on-going

ND Highway Patrol Trooper Accused Of Faking Tickets Says He Resigned Over Quotas

Earlier this week we learned that North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper Jeremie Meisel had resigned amid an allegations that he’d been writing fake tickets. Today I report at Watchdog that Meisel, through his attorney, is disputing the fake tickets accusation and says the real reason he left is because of an arrest/tickets quota the Highway

North Dakota Highway Patrol Needs To Come Clean About Using Quotas

Earlier this month I broke a story about the North Dakota Highway Patrol giving state troopers “goals” for specific numbers of arrests and citations. My contention is that a supervisor setting arrest/citation levels for their troopers is a quotas policy, but a NDHP spokesman I talked with disputed that conclusion. “A quota is a hard