Tribal chairman calls governor's emergency order unfortunate
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the decision by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue an emergency declaration is unfortunate.
Dalrymple said the order issued Friday is meant to free up more state resources to manage public safety risks from an ongoing pipeline protest near Cannon Ball.
Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said in a statement Saturday that the declaration used "the language of confrontation rather than cooperation" and is hurting the tribe's economy. He says it has blockaded roads that Standing Rock citizens use to get to and from work.