New Mexico man sentenced in Dakota Access pipeline protest
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The fourth of seven people charged with federal crimes stemming from protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has been sentenced to a year and four months in prison.
Twenty-two-year-old Dion Ortiz, who is from the San Felipe Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, was indicted with several others in February 2017 for a fire set on a country road bridge in October 2016.
Tribal leaders’ address to North Dakota lawmakers to resume
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American tribal leaders' biennial address to the North Dakota Legislature will resume in 2019, two years after it was cancelled due to security reasons involving the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
A bipartisan panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to allow the address when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
First Dakota Access deer poaching case resolved
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — One of four men charged with poaching deer during the Dakota Access pipeline protests has reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss his case.
ND attorney general: Refusal of record request legal
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Bismarck officials did not violate the state's open records laws by refusing to release some police records related to Dakota Access pipeline protests in 2016.
Stenehjem's opinion issued Friday says at the time of the request there were related criminal cases still open or subject to appeal.
The online news organization The Intecept asked for the opinion.
Dakota Access pipeline protestor injured in blast sues government for return of evidence
A Dakota Access pipeline protester who nearly lost her arm after allegedly being hit by a projectile fired by law enforcement is suing the government for the return of property seized by FBI agents who visited her hospital room a day after surgery.
According to a federal lawsuit filed Friday by Sophia Wilansky, 22 of New York City, FBI agents agreed in writing to return clothing and a piece of shrapnel removed from Wilanskys arm during emergency surgery in November 2016.
Pipeline protester convicted of felony, sentence deferred
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dakota Access pipeline protester has been convicted of a felony in Morton County, but has a chance to expunge his record if he stays out of trouble.
Prosecutors can cite alleged threats in Dakota Access trial
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge says prosecutors can cite threatening statements that a Denver woman made after she allegedly shot at police during an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota.
Petition wants charges dropped against pipeline protesters
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors in a North Dakota county have been given a petition asking that all charges be dropped against remaining defendants charged in Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Stunning photography captures the Dakota Access pipeline protest in new Minneapolis exhibit
Lakota Resistance: The Bison, the Horse, and the River
The Dakota Access pipeline protests of 2016 were a lightning rod of political action that drew the eyes of the world toward the Standing Rock Reservation.
Star Tribune photographer Richard Tsong-Taatarii documented the saga, capturing everything from fire hoses freezing out protesters to daily life on the rez. His revealing photos, coupled with images from the Pine Ridge Reservation in 2013-15, make up this must-see show.
Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
There have been no protests since February, but the decision will allow a lawsuit to proceed in which pipeline opponents allege they were subjected to police brutality and their civil rights were violated.
Pipeline protest charges dismissed against journalist
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges have been dismissed against a photo journalist covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest last year.
Sara Lafleur-Vetter was working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested Oct. 22 with 140 other people at the pipeline easement near state Highway 1806.
Petition denied to end outside attorneys for protesters
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by some district court judges who argued out-of-state lawyers were no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
Some upset at plan to drop lawyers in pipeline protest cases
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal by North Dakota judges who say out-of-state lawyers are no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters has drawn hundreds of complaints.
A year later, Dakota Access pipeline protests changed people
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A year ago, protest camps near North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation swelled with thousands of people intent on stopping the Dakota Access pipeline.
Today, the camps are gone and oil is flowing through the pipeline while court battles over pipeline permits continue. But the massive demonstrations that caught the world's attention last year have permanently changed people and politics here.
Stenehjem: County was right to withhold DAPL protest images
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general says Morton County did not violate the state's open records law when it refused to release information related to the Dakota Access pipeline protest.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Dakota Access pipeline protester has been cleared of charges after being accused of endangering a police plane with his drone last September in North Dakota.
Aaron Turgeon, 32, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found not guilty of reckless endangerment and physical obstruction of a government function after a one-day bench trial Thursday, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2rGpfxh ) reported.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault and four others.
Dakota Access LLC filed the complaint last year against Archambault and others, seeking restraining orders and monetary damages.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man shown on video threatening Dakota Access Pipeline protesters has pleaded guilty to charges as part of a deal to avoid jail time.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of dancers in traditional, vibrant regalia on Friday officially opened the Gathering of Nations — one of North America's most prominent American Indian powwows.
Dancers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico launched the event with a grand entry for a powwow that is expected to attract as many as 100,000 attendees to New Mexico's largest city this week. The powwow will feature a number of competitions for dancers, drummers and performers.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes is balking at a North Dakota lawmaker's suggestion that the tribe help pay for repairs at a historic Native American site as a way to improve state-tribal relations following the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
The Latest: Cleanup finished at pipeline protest camps
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline: (all times local):
The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land in North Dakota.
The Corps hired a contractor after the main camp and two others were cleared out and shut down late last month in advance of the spring flooding season. They'd operated since last spring and at times held thousands of pipeline opponents.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have charged four men in two separate deer poaching incidents late last year in or near the camp in southern North Dakota that housed Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
The state Game and Fish Department says charges of unlawful possession of big game have been filed against men from New Hampshire and Idaho and two men from New York. Arrest warrants have been issued for all four suspects, none of whom is believed to be in North Dakota.
Fargo worker suspended for Facebook comments on protesters
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo city employee has been disciplined for allegedly making derogatory comments on Facebook about Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
A city spokesman identified the employee as meter technician Enos Lien. Lien is accused of writing a Facebook post saying that if protesters failed to leave, they should be fenced in, shot or left to drown in flooding. Lien wasn't working at the time.
Final cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
A Florida-based company has been hired to provide trash removal and environmental cleanup in the main Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River and the smaller Rosebud camp on the south side. Both are on federal land.
Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.
There's tons of debris to be cleared. A main highway bridge remains closed. Hundreds of protesters are still in the area. The pipeline operator is rushing to complete construction and says oil could flow within 10 days. Looming over it all is a still-unresolved court battle.
The Latest: Protest camp cleared, but area far from normal
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local):
Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.
There's tons of debris to be cleared. There's a highway bridge that remains closed. Pipeline drilling continues. There's a court battle lingering. And hundreds of protesters remain in the area.
Burgum signs bills aimed at North Dakota pipeline protesters
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed four bills spurred by confrontations between Dakota Access pipeline protesters and law enforcement.
Burgum signed the bills into law around 3 p.m. Thursday. The bills all take effect immediately.
The Latest: Police: About 20 fires set at Dakota Access camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):
Authorities in North Dakota say Dakota Access pipeline protesters set about 20 fires on the day their longstanding camp was scheduled for closure.
They say at least two explosions resulted. A 7-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to a Bismarck hospital to be treated for burns.
Dakota Access pipeline protesters crowd Branstad’s office
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Protesters have crowded Gov. Terry Branstad's office to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline that passes through Iowa.
About 20 people came to the Iowa Capitol at 1 p.m. Wednesday, saying they wanted to speak with Branstad about their opposition to the pipeline. Branstad is in Washington for National Governors Association meetings until Monday.
Raw: Pipeline Protesters Set Fires to Close Camp
Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.
They aren't deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and federal authorities that they must leave by Wednesday or face possible arrest. They're determined to remain and fight a pipeline they maintain threatens the very sanctity of the land.
Minor flooding still appears likely at pipeline protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest spring flood outlook from the National Weather Service calls for only minor flooding in the area of Dakota Access pipeline protesters' encampment in North Dakota.
Thursday's update is similar to one issued three weeks ago. The numbers still indicate that parts of the camp could end up underwater, but there's little chance of major or even moderate flooding through May.
The Latest: State to help with pipeline protest camp cleanup
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp (all times local):
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says the state is willing to help clean up a camp on federal land that's been home at times to thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.
North Dakota Senate rejects cultural competency training
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill to require cultural competency training for state lawmakers has failed in the North Dakota Senate.
The bill prompted passionate testimony from Native Americans and members of other minorities. It would have required legislators to participate in at least four hours of training in working with diverse populations, including American Indians.
Cleanup begins at Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup of a North Dakota encampment where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline stayed for months to protest the $3.8 billion project is expected to take weeks, a leader of the tribe that organized the protest said Tuesday.
Bismarck Mayor responds to recall petition
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck's mayor is defending himself against criticism that has led to a recall petition drive against him.
The petition against Mayor Mike Seminary came after critics accused him of welcoming pipeline protesters to Bismarck, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2jNmbbh ) reported.
North Dakota pushes bill to raise penalty for rioting
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota law enforcement and state prosecutors are supporting a Republican-sponsored bill that would increase penalties for people involved in riots.
Rep. Todd Porter of Mandan told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the proposal is in response to the Dakota Access pipeline protests.
Among other things, the bill would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony for people charged with participating in a riot of 100 or fewer people.
Tribal council favors asking pipeline protesters to leave
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council is supporting the district of Cannon Ball's wish that all Dakota Access pipeline protesters leave the area.
The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2k53Ebl) that the resolution was passed by the full council Friday. It applies to all three protest camps in North Dakota.
The Latest: Out-of-state lawyers approved for protest cases
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on disputes over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota (all times local):
The North Dakota Supreme Court will allow lawyers from other states to temporarily help with cases stemming from the Dakota Access pipeline protest.
Spring flooding a concern a pipeline protest encampment
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials say record snowfall this winter means the Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment could experience significant flooding when temperatures get warmer.
The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2jb3lO6 ) reports the State Water Commission, through the state's Joint Information Center, says more than 57 inches of snow so far could pose a safety risk when spring weather arrives.
Dakota Access protest policing costs exceed $22M
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million — an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year.
Protest-related funding decisions will be made by state lawmakers during the 2017 session. Leaders of the House and Senate appropriation committees say more funding will be approved, though the amount and method isn't known.
3 released in Dakota Access pipeline stadium protest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three people who were arrested after Dakota Access pipeline protesters rappelled from the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium to unfurl a banner were released from jail Monday with charges pending.
The Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears was not interrupted by the protest Sunday, but eight rows of fans seated below the banner at U.S. Bank Stadium were cleared as a precaution.
Months-long Dakota Access pipeline protest tops year in news
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The year in news in North Dakota was dominated by the months-long protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that attracted thousands of demonstrators to an encampment near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. It was one of several issues that dominated the political scene, including public officials wrestling over budgets because of low crop and oil prices and a former computer software executive stunning the old guard of the Republican Party in the race for governor.
Bridge damaged by pipeline protesters set for inspection
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Transportation Department will inspect a damaged bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment.
Forward Operating Base divides security and protesters
FORT RICE, N.D. (AP) — There are two tent cities in southern Morton County.
One is filled with teepees, colorful flags and the smell of burning wood and sage. The other is home to army tents, Humvees and heavy dirt-moving machinery.
Bridge near pipeline protest likely to reopen _ eventually
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Now-former North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault believe reopening a disputed bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment is key to restoring better relations between the state and the tribe.
But information from the state Transportation Department indicates it'll be weeks if not months.
Dakota Access protesters say they’ll take lessons home
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Activists who joined the Dakota Access pipeline protest in North Dakota say they'll take what they learned to their fights back home.
Activists told The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2gsmBBs ) that the experience is giving the environmental movement a new method of fighting and has fomented opposition to other projects.
Video shows masked men telling DAPL protesters to go home or they’ll hurt them
BISMARCK, N.D. — An internet video that appears to show masked men verbally attacking Dakota Access Pipeline protesters has triggered an investigation.