Sheriff’s Dept to Fine People $1K for Bringing in Food and Supplies to Standing Rock

Free Thought Project – by Claire Bernish

North Dakota — In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

Reuters reports: “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ‘emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.”  

Herr flatly stated, according to Reuters, “They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services.”

Although the governor’s order went into effect immediately, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong noted no deliveries to the camps had yet been turned away as of Tuesday morning.

However, ‘The building materials intended for the site are a top priority because the camp is not zoned for permanent structures,’ Reuters reported she said. ‘Propane tanks also will be blocked because they have been used in attacks against law enforcement.’

The latter claim has been proven false by eyewitness video from the night of November 20-21, when law enforcement assaulted peaceful water protectors for over six hours in a non-stop barrage of rubber bullets, tear gas, impact and concussion grenades, and even weaponized water — in temperatures dropping into the low 20s Fahrenheit. Sophia Wilansky’s arm was nearly ripped from her body when an impact grenade exploded. But the sheriff denies police used any weapon that could have caused such damage, despite evidence collected from the scene and by surgeons working to repair her traumatic wound.

Shortly after issuing the notice it would block supplies, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department backed away somewhat, saying it would take a passive role to try to prevent supplies from reaching the camps, by issuing hefty $1,000 fines for vehicles attempting such deliveries — saying it had interpreted the evacuation order as a reason for a blockade.

“That is the understanding that we had initially but we had to get that clarified,” Herr told Reuters. “The governor is more interested in public safety than setting up a road block and turning people away.”

This startling announcement of any attempt at a supply blockage from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department comes during a week of shocking news for Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and their allies camped near the Missouri River to block construction of the highly contentious Dakota Access Pipeline.

An eviction notice letter sent by the Army Corps of Engineers to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier on Friday sparked furious outrage from around the world — and was met with firm resistance from both tribes.

Clarifying later no force would be used to effect this eviction, the Army Corps stated, “Those who remain will be considered unauthorized and may be subject to citation under federal, state, or local laws.”

Before the shock wore off from that letter, on Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple confounded matters further with the issuance of an emergency evacuation order for the same Army Corps-managed, water protector-occupied land as a winter storm advanced on the area.

Although neither U.S. government-issued order would apply had treaties from the 1800s been honored, the attorneys scrambled to determine if the governor’s evacuation supplanted the Army Corps’ eviction — as the date for the camps to become officially illegal would be moved forward significantly from December 5. Archambault denounced Dalrymple’s order as an intimidation tactic and determined it invalid.

However, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department appears to have opportuned the current evacuation order to escalate its curtailment of the basic human rights of the thousands of water protectors estimated to now occupy camps north of the Cannonball River.

Legally and technically speaking, both orders effectively close the camps — except for Sacred Stone Camp, located south of the river — to access by both the public and emergency services.

Thousands of veterans have been planning to arrive at the camps on December 4 to defend water protectors from brutal police tactics employed by the multi-state coalition of police led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department — and they haven’t yet changed those plans.

According to an update from Reuters, Governor Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent said, “There is not going to be any blockade of supplies.”

While so much about these breaking developments remains unclear thanks to a lack of information from authorities and officials, one thing is certain. Blocking food and supplies, by any means, from reaching water protectors who have vowed to stay through the winter is not only a violation of human rights and basic decency — if effective, it has the potential to be an horrific tragedy in the making.

[UPDATE] In a recent post to social media, the American Civil Liberties Union urged anyone who have been pulled over while delivering supplies to Standing Rock to contact them for an ongoing investigation into the constitutionality of the governor’s mandatory evacuation order:


3 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Dept to Fine People $1K for Bringing in Food and Supplies to Standing Rock

  1. good luck getting your money punks ..Civil Disobedience should be the rule on BS like this

    how about no breaks for the punk a22 cops and no doughnuts or food brought to them too .. two should be playing this game

    when you deprive people of the necessary items of life and survival you are a tyrant and should meet your doom for those acts ,, that is an huge violation of human rights and those that practice this should not be able to continue .. they become no better than the worst dictator or or kidnapper .. and most of those end up dead or in prison for life

    this is how you will be treated if you try to protest with out arms , let this be a warning to all in this country how they are playing the game

  2. “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp…”

    Food is a weapon of war.

    Sounds to me like it was just declared.

  3. The whole point of the governmental exercise of power to prevent supplies getting to the protestors including the letter and intent to follow through on ‘clearing the area’ stated by the Army Corp of Engineers is to do what the deep state had been unable to do late this last summer in the southern states where they attempted to start a race war between blacks and whites using certain parties on both sides. They’re pitting the protestors against the assaulting LEOs in a perpetually escalating conflict that eventually reaches a point of desperation over shear survival. The government knows full well that desperate, starving, freezing people have a far shorter fuse than well supplied and equipped civil protestors. The whole point of their exercise of power is to start civil conflict that can then be escalated beyond the area…remember Kerry is reportedly to have signed the UN Gun Treaty while everyone was busy on the election. They currently have Soros and his minions poised to enact a color revolution here in this nation. Between two such artificially escalated civil conflicts a nation wide socio-politically justified gun confiscation would be made possible while the military is conveniently away in Syria attempting to enforce a no-fly zone (see section 303 of a document exposed at thecommonsenseshow pressing for world war III with the russians) bringing our military into direct and open conflict with the Russians efforts to clean up the ISIS/ISIL mess created by the deep state faction run by the Council on Foreign Relations via the Clinton Foundation, Podesta, and the Clintons…meanwhile in preparation for this the research community is noting with no small amount of consternation Trump appointing members of the OTHER faction from the Council of Foreign Relations i.e. BushSr/Nixon Era/Kissinger personnel to positions of power, and influence in his cabinet and elsewhere. It is ALL INTERRELATED! We are asking if the situation at Standing Rock was deliberately manufactured as a back-up plan in the event of the current political situation. Out of the frying pan into the fire, ladies and gentlemen. The deep state is more active and dangerous than it has ever been before…I question the theory that it is truly cornered and at risk of falling. The people at Standing Rock and the Sioux Nation may have just become the next nexus in this ongoing running knife fight against the nwo corruption. I hear the veterans are due to arrive soon, and also hearing rumblings that the militias are taking note and expressing concern. A nation that is struggling with its identity as a idea, and has lost sight of how to assemble unity against this kind of insidious creeping conquest is faced with internal disintegration unless it can turn to hear the calls for the restoration of that first idea, and a new unity assembled upon it as an alternative to the nwo 4th reich that is as we speak being assembled upon our expected ashes.

    FiOs, kinsmen. Stand and be Roar once more.

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