Cannonball Ranch, which is full of sacred burial sites and artifacts, was sold on September 22 to Dakota Access LLC.

Sacred Burial Ground Sold to Dakota Access


Cannonball Ranch in North Dakota has been sold to Dakota Access LLC. The ranch is not the site of the Standing Rock Camp where protectors are taking a stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, but the ranch has hundreds of burials and artifacts. 

MyNDNow reports the land was sold by David and Brenda Meyer on September 22 for liability reasons. David Meyer told MyNDNow that there were just too many people on the property.

“It’s a beautiful ranch, but I just wanted out,” he said.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II made a statement at the Protecting Native Land and Resources, Rejecting North Dakota Pipeline Forum:

“Recently, they purchased the Cannonball Ranch, yesterday the transaction was final, the documents are signed and recorded with the county and the money was transferred. So the owner of the Cannonball Ranch, where we're demonstrating, what we’re protecting, has now been sold to the pipeline company so it’s really disturbing to me because the intention is all wrong. Without having any further review and without understanding what the process was... it’s not fair. It’s not right and the company is going to try to move forward without any consideration of tribes. I am not asking that you stop this pipeline, I’m asking that you do a full EIS [Environmental Impact Statement].”

Read his full statement on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Facebook page.

On the same day as the Cannonball Ranch sale, more than 1,200 archaeologists and museums sent a letter to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging a full Environmental Impact Statement be completed as well as a survey of cultural resources along the pipeline’s route.

“The destruction of these sacred sites adds yet another injury to the Lakota, Dakota, and other Indigenous Peoples who bear the impacts of fossil fuel extraction and transportation. If constructed, this pipeline will continue to encourage oil consumption that causes climate change, all the while harming those populations who contributed little to this crisis,” reads part of the letter.

RELATED: Archaeological Experts Appalled at DAPL Sacred Site Destruction: 1,281 Sign Petition

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Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
Submitted by Jim Harrison on
OF COURSE it was sold to Dakota Access... We exist in an Ideological World of Cancerous Capitalism - where ALL THINGS are "commodities". All things are seen only to have PROFIT VALUE or NO VALUE. That is it. Period. There is no 'honor' no 'respect' no intrinsic spiritual worth - unless of course such things in themselves somehow confer MORE WORTH in a given situation. Our vaunted 'civilization' is spiritually and intellectually moribund.

Wade Branstner
Wade Branstner
Submitted by Wade Branstner on
I have tried to find information about the burial site. I support the tribe, and my spiritual development has evolved to be closer to Native American than anything. I was adopted,but raised Christian and away from my reservation. I don't know anyone on my tribal grounds, and I can't get there very often since it is so far away. If I could, the answers to my questions might not satisfy my curiosity about the sacred burial site anyway because I am Chippewa. The world got to read one short excerpt from the United Nations speech. To paraphrase from my own understanding, The Great Spirit sends the unborn with a map, the unborn use it to navigate. When forced Westward, or inward toward Canadian Shield, did Sioux ancestors suffer the loss of countless unborn spirits since they would have had a map to ancient grounds in other parts of the continent? Since it is connected to burial sites, was there a time when a map could not be made since the sites had not begun? This is all part of the story and genetic trauma Native Americans still live with. But more importantly, it is something historians have overlooked or ignored, and that might bring more understanding for all Natives if we just knew more off the reservation. I do hope I hear back from someone. I will do the work to learn, I just don't know where to look.