U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
OMAHA — On Friday, September 17, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a Special Use Permit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use federal lands managed by the Corps near Lake Oahe.
This permit applies to the land where a large encampment is now located where up to 5,000 American Indians and supporters have been camping. The original Stone Spirit camp was established by about 50 people on April 1, 2016. After arrests took place last month, the encampment has increased during the past several weeks. The size alters as people come and go because of employment and educational responsibilities. On weekends, the camp swells in size.
Omaha District Commander, Col. John W. Henderson, informed Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, that the Tribe’s Spiritual gathering, located south of the Cannonball River, has been granted a Special Use Permit, which allows the Tribe to gather to engage in a lawful free speech demonstration on Federal lands designated in the permit.