Tribal chairman criticizes law enforcement response, calls for pipeline reroute
The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe criticized the local and state government response to Dakota Access Pipeline protests Saturday, saying he is considering a class action lawsuit over use of force.
Dave Archambault II said over 40 people were injured as police used pepper spray and bean-bag guns Thursday to clear a protest camp built on Dakota Access property in Morton County, which the chairman claims rightfully belongs to the Sioux people under an 1851 treaty.
"It's wrong to use that kind of force on our people," he said at a press conference with Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier on Saturday morning outside the Morton County Sheriff's Department in Mandan. Archambault said injuries included welts from bean-bag rounds and rubber bullets, as well as broken bones.