North Dakota — After nearly a year of conflict, today may mark the last stand at Standing Rock as authorities’ begin their final eviction of protesters, also known as water protectors, from their camps.
The standoff in North Dakota revolves around Native American opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a controversial initiative the Standing Rock tribe says crosses over land that belongs to them pursuant to the Treaty of Fort Laramie from 1868.
The #NoDAPL movement gained widespread attention in 2016 after videos and reports emerged showing law enforcement’s brutal militaristic crackdown on protests. Hundreds of water protectors have been arrested and injured — some critically.
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The eviction, expected imminently today, stems from an executive order signed by Governor Burgum.
— IndigenousEnviroNet (@IENearth) February 22, 2017
Below is a collection of live video from the ground at Standing Rock that we will update throughout the day:
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— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel_) February 22, 2017