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North Dakota court clerk reprimanded for 'appalling' Facebook post about pipeline protesters


BISMARCK – A deputy court clerk in Minot has been reprimanded for a Facebook post that sparked a social media firestorm over her suggestion that American Indians protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline be allowed to “keep their sacred land” and that the government should then “stop all the subsidies and hand outs.”

State Court Administrator Sally Holewa said the North Central Judicial District office in Ward County was inundated with phone calls about the comments posted Sept. 5 by Deputy Court Clerk Kolette Ostlund while she was on vacation.

“We were all just appalled also,” Holewa said. “It definitely does not represent the views of the court.”


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