Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – A spokesman for the North Dakota Highway Patrol says a case of vandalism involving oil poured on the State Capitol on Halloween night appears to be related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, as those responsible left a sign saying “You can’t drink oil,” a popular refrain among protesters. Lt. Tom Iverson said a “decent amount” of motor oil was poured on the sidewalk, limestone walls and windows at about 9:32 p.m. around the entrance of the legislative wing on the west side of the complex.
BISMARCK – U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday, Oct. 20, of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK –The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to set aside tribally owned land for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to relocate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County, but Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II stopped short of saying the tribe is moving the existing camp. “We’re trying to work with everybody in the area and we’re trying to build consensus, and we’re trying to do the best we can to accommodate safety,” he said Wednesday, Oct. 19.
MANDAN, N.D. – A judge refused to sign a criminal complaint against journalist Amy Goodman, finding a lack of probable cause to charge her with rioting, her attorney said Monday, Oct. 17. The host and executive producer of independent news program “Democracy Now!” planned to turn herself in on Monday, Oct. 17, on a criminal trespass charge. But prosecutor Ladd Erickson dropped the Class B misdemeanor charge and instead sought a riot charge.
BISMARCK – The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says talks continue about relocating the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp from federally owned land to tribally owned land near Cannon Ball, N.D., but one camp spokesman says many plan to stay put.
BISMARCK – The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline said Tuesday, Oct. 11, it looks forward to a “prompt resumption” of construction near Lake Oahe and hopes the federal government...
BISMARCK – Despite delays caused by protesters, the North Dakota leg of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline was 87 percent complete at the end of September, up from 68 percent in August, according to the monthly construction report filed with the state Public Service Commission late Wednesday, Oct. 5.
BISMARCK – An elementary school was on lockdown and authorities were blocking the main road into St. Anthony on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to prevent Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from passing through the small town to get to pipeline construction sites, a Morton County spokeswoman said.
BISMARCK – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to end North Dakota’s membership in a multistate group that develops tests aligned with the Common Core education standards, but the state is withdrawing anyway as it prepares to adopt revised academic standards and testing to match.
BISMARCK – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Tuesday gave the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline 30 days to explain how it intends to use thousands of acres of ranchland purchased last week around the pipeline route in Morton County – and how it complies with the state’s anti-corporate farming law.