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Clinton Campaign Responds to DAPL Face-Off


On a day that saw a large police action involving armored, military vehicles, pepper spray, high-velocity bean bags and tear gas employed against water protectors who had gathered to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign officials issued a formal statement addressing the conflict. The announcement, made on October 27, was written as a response to a letter Native leaders had sent to Secretary Clinton asking for her help.

RELATED: Large Police Action Underway at DAPL Site

Charlie Galbraith, serving as a Clinton advisor, shared the campaign’s official statement in an e-mail to ICTMN: “We received a letter today from representatives of the tribes protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects. Now, all of the parties involved—including the federal government, the pipeline company and contractors, the state of North Dakota, and the tribes—need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest. As that happens, it's important that on the ground in North Dakota, everyone respects demonstrators' rights to protest peacefully, and workers' rights to do their jobs safely.”

As ICTMN contributor Sarah Sunshine Manning reported this afternoon from the Treaty Camp, the newest camp set up by the water protectors directly in the pipeline’s path along Highway 1806. The police massed and pressed the protectors south, using piercing sirens, armored cars, and ATVs, while low flying planes and helicopters circled above. “Within minutes,” Manning said, “a large force of police arrived on both sides of the camp and surrounded about 400 to 500 water protectors.”

RELATED: Manning: Desecration, Mace and Police Snipers With Rifles at DAPL Front Lines

The Treaty Camp is named in reference to the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, which designated the land as belonging to the Great Sioux Nation. Despite the order to halt construction by three federal agencies, DAPL construction has encroached approximately 17 miles into the 20-mile voluntary exclusion zone.

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Sammy7's picture
Submitted by Sammy7 on
"All the parties involved need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest". INTERPRETATION: Kill the Indian, save the White man.

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Submitted by melfig on
Hello Indian Country Today Media Network, I invite you to cover Green Party candidate Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka's response to the egregious human rights abuses suffered by indigenous resisters to DAPL yesterday and throughout the encampment. Please read their response here: http://www.jill2016.com/standingwithstandingrock The Stein/Baraka campaign calls for honoring the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, as well as the right to free, prior, and informed consent under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We call for an immediate halt to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and all attempts on the part of police to remove the water protectors. If you would like further comment from the campaign, you can reach me at [email protected]. Respectfully, Meleiza Figueroa Press Director, Stein/Baraka Campaign 2016

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David Odell
Submitted by David Odell on
There's that phrase again. "Broadest Public Interest". That's latin for " We will take and you will give " ... no mention of tribal sovereignty. I also have not seen anything from Bobby Kennedy and the "Water keepers". I believe they were instrumental in the anti-fracking stance for NY.

Michael J. Nicosia
Michael J. Nicosia
Submitted by Michael J. Nicosia on
"the broadest public interest" has always been a justification for stepping on the rights of minorities. Our public servants, our government, our courts and our Constitution are supposed to protect those rights. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/27/clinton-campaign-responds-dapl-face-166252