State Police Begin Checkpoints, Roadblocks, and Psyops as Protesters Unite to Defend Water
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, ND – Occupations and demonstrations continued August 17th at the site of construction for the Missouri River crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
With no police or workers seemingly on site, demonstrations persisted against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of protesters, including many young children and elders, gathered at the entrance. Tribal members wearing yellow vests safely directed all traffic past the protests, unabated.
After hours of anxiously waiting for construction crews or authorities to arrive, word came that police were setting up concrete road blocks in Mandan, south of Bismarck. Later in the afternoon, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier gave a press conference where he stated that traffic was being restricted to anyone heading towards Standing Rock Reservation and only residents who lived in the area would be allowed through.