By Gary Barnes:Truth Kings
“I feel like I just got shot down,” said Johnelle Leingang, executive secretary to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and the tribe’s emergency response coordinator. “It’s very hurtful.”
Leingang is responding to the removal of state-owned water tanks from the protest grounds as the tribes continue to fight the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens to taint the public’s water supply across the nation. According to a report in inforum.com, black heavy duty trucks showed up and pulled the water tanks as temperatures at the campgrounds soared into the 80s.
Two air-conditioned trailers and a command center vehicle – delivered with the water tanks a week ago by the North Dakota Department of Health at the tribe’s request – also were hauled away from the campsite, which overlooks the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers just south of where the oil pipeline would cross the Missouri.
“People are getting overheated now already,” Leingang said shortly before 4 p.m., as the temperature hovered around 90.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued an emergency declaration to counter protest, terming them a “safety risk.” He also claims the land they are protesting on is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The next evolution in this injustice would be ticketing the campers as being unauthorized and then simply removing them. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe also filed a separate lawsuit in D.C. district court against the Army Corps of Engineers for approving the project.
Construction on the pipeline has been halted until the government can figure out what to do about the tribal protest.