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Peaceful Pipeline Protesters Attacked with Mace and Dogs: Dem NOW Video

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While mainstream media tries to paint a picture of violent Native Americans at Standing Rock, Democracy NOW's Amy Goodman was onsite and captured video of peaceful, unarmed protestors of the Dakota pipeline being maced and attacked by dogs.

According to the BBC, "An Indian reservation in North Dakota is the site of the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years. Indigenous people from across the US are living in camps on the Standing Rock reservation as they protest the construction of a new oil pipeline." They've come from as far away as Maine and Arizona.

Social media is abundant with damning photos and commentary:

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Standing Rock Witness
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The company behind the oil pipeline, Dakota Access LLC. allegedly hired the private security company.

Amy Goodman reported:

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion ...
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Donations can be made to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe via Paypal or credit card. I made one.




ADDED 09/14/16 3:07 pm EST:

From Indian Country Today Media Network:

Sacred places containing ancient burial sites, places of prayer and other significant cultural artifacts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were destroyed on Saturday September 3 by Energy Transfer Partners, Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said.

On Friday, the Tribe filed court documents identifying the area as home to significant Native artifacts and sacred sites.

"This demolition is devastating," Archambault said. "These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground."

The Standing Rock Sioux have filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop construction. The Tribe says it was not properly consulted before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked construction approval.

A decision in that case is expected by September 9.

"We're days away from getting a resolution on the legal issues, and they came in on a holiday weekend and destroyed the site," said Jan Hasselman, attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "What they have done is absolutely outrageous."

Attack dog injures child at Standing Rock
Attack dog injures child at Standing Rock
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ADDED 09.03.16, 8:39 pm EST (info from first comment below)

From People Over Pipelines page:

"Dakota Access LLC's number is 844-708-2635. Call them and press "1" for the North Dakota office and tell them to STOP using dogs and violence to abuse and maim innocent protesters!"


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