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Update on Standing Rock: White Dudes with Guns, Peaceful Natives and Shoddy Reporting by Politico.Com

Thing About Skins: Update on Standing Rock: White Dudes with Guns, Peaceful Natives and Shoddy Reporting by Politico.Com
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Colin McCarthy captured this moment on his Instagram account (@Colinnnnn)

The image, above, is a real image. It is not photoshopped. A photographer by the name of Colin McCarthy captured this moment on his Instagram account (@Colinnnnn) and said the following:

Friends at #standingrock please be safe, this man just plowed through a peaceful prayer ceremony waving a gun, injuring 2 people and then proceeded to fire 7 shots into the air. Women, children and elders all running to get out of the way…

So there’s that.

Morton County Sheriff is probably too busy arresting some elder or pepper spraying an unarmed Native person taking a leak. Hopefully someone brings a Section 1983 Civil Rights Claim for excessive force and/or for unlawful restraints, given the cages that Morton County has been putting Native arrestees in while at the same time not putting whackos in, like the jackoff in the picture above. I’m pretty sure there’s a claim or 300 there, but that’s just me. 

Just a thought. 

There was an error in a story published by Politico.com that said that Obama “greenlit” the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Politico asserted that The Obama administration is set to approve the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project to begin as early as the beginning of next week. That was a false report. Joye Braun corrected that story and said, “President Obama has not said that he’s going to green light Dakota Access as first reported.” Joye was ahead of Politico’s correction. The Administration later corrected and said, "The process is ongoing and no decisions have been made.” 

Get your stuff together, Politico.com. People are putting their lives on the line—quit messing with folks’ lives. 

Related: No Word Yet From White House on Dakota Access: Archambault

Joye also updated the structural barriers that the State of North Dakota keeps putting up. Despite assertions that there is open access in the areas surrounding the pipeline, Joye corrected “Today hundreds of police vehicles were seen heading to ND Highway 6 near the reservation boundaries after water protectors had already gone back to camp after a prayer walk along the pipeline corridor. Police issued a statement saying that highway 6 was open but on-site eyewitnesses say otherwise. People were rerouted down a gravel county road 134 near Solen, ND.” 

Lots of misinformation coming from publications, from (of course) North Dakota law enforcement. Fortunately there are folks on the ground to give proper information. 

#NoDAPL #StandingRock

Wesley Roach, Skan Photography

Gyasi Ross, Editor at Large

Blackfeet Nation/Suquamish Territories

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