What Happened to the Millions of Dollars Raised by Standing Rock Protesters?

Timothy Lee | Center for Individual Freedom

Over the past seven months, millions of dollars have poured into online crowdfunding accounts associated with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s unjustified crusade against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  To date, the violence-plagued protest has cost North Dakota taxpayers more than $33 million dollars, and diverted countless resources to assist local law enforcement.…

As Standing Rock Tribe Struggles to Defend Pipeline Opposition, Union Urges Streamlined Approval

Erin Mundahl | InsideSources

Representatives from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Laborers’ International Union met Wednesday in a congressional hearing on energy infrastructure development. Over the course of the two-hour hearing, the Standing Rock tribe struggled to defend its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Chad Harrison, a councilman for the Standing Rock tribe, presented the DAPL project as another instance of the U.S.…

Abandoned Vehicles Pose New Pollution Threat At DAPL Protest Site

Simon Lomax | Western Wire

Officials in North Dakota are racing against time to move hundreds of cars and trucks from the site of an anti-pipeline protest before seasonal flooding sweeps the vehicles into the Missouri River.

“There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks,” George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association, told Western Wire.…

Three Members of Veterans’ Pipeline Protest Group Arrested on Drug Allegations

Barry Amundson | Inforum

MANDAN, N.D.—The leader of a veterans’ group involved in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and two other members of the organization have been cited for drug possession.

Matthew Crane, co-founder of the VeteransRespond group which has been at the protest camps, has been arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.…

Sally Jewell Grasps At Straws, Clings To Former Power

In a statement released on Twitter, former Secretary of the Interior for the Obama Administration Sally Jewell voiced her opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to grant the final easement necessary to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

To the masses of protesters that comprise the remnants of the Obama Administration echo chamber her statement was welcome – but for the rest of America, including those that voted for a change in our leadership and remain committed to the future of infrastructure, the economy, and the laws, it is just another attempt by an Obama political appointee to unduly influence the lawful regulatory process outside the purview of her responsibilities.…

Morton County Jury Finds 8 Pipeline Protesters Guilty

Caroline Grueskin | Bismarck Tribune

Protesters on trial at the Morton County Court House. | Photo: Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

A Morton County jury found eight pipeline protesters guilty of disorderly conduct in the second Dakota Access-related case to go to trial.

The defendants, who ranged in age 23 to 57 years old and hailed from Hawaii to North Dakota, were all among the first arrested in the months-long protests that began along N.D.…

Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp Cleaned Up To Avoid An ‘Environmental Disaster’

Michael Bastasch | Daily Caller
January 31, 2017

After months of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists left so much waste at their camp state, officials have ordered it be cleaned up to prevent an “environmental disaster.”

Dump trucks and work crews moved into the campsite Monday to clean up the abandoned cars, structures, trash and waste left by thousands of protesters who converged on the region to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline over concerns it would contaminate drinking water relied upon by American Indians.…

North Dakota Wants Hired Pipeline Protesters to Pay State Income Taxes

Valerie Richardson | Washington Times
January 30, 2017

After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office is keeping an eye out for tax forms from environmental groups that may have hired protesters to agitate against the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline project.…

Army Corps Memo Shows DAPL Should Have Been Approved in December

Erin Mundahl | InsideSources
January 27, 2017

With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, to “review and approve in an expedited manner” requests for approval to finish construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This likely signaled an end to months of protesting.…

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