Tensions rise over crime, garbage between Standing Rock Sioux, pipeline protesters
January 9, 2017
North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux won a key victory last month in its battle against the Dakota Access pipeline, after thousands of activists descended on the area to protest the project. Now the tribe is paying the price.
Some of the protesters won’t leave, creating semi-permanent encampments near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and triggering a feud with tribal members fed-up over problems with crime, poaching, panhandling, garbage and waste disposal, as well as the drain on Sioux resources.
The protesters have their own gripes. Rumors about the tribe hoarding donations are rife within the camps, as are complaints about council members attempting to “colonize” the encampments by establishing rules.