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What Dakota Access Destroyed: Standing Rock Former Historic Preservation Officer Explains What Was Lost [Video]

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe former Tribal Preservation Officer Tim Mentz explains Dakota Access damage to sacred burial sites.
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This interview was recorded on September 3, 2016. Former Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Tim Mentz explains the destruction of burial grounds and sacred sites by Dakota Access Pipeline LLC. This sacred site is what people were trying to protect when Energy Transfer Partners brought in aggressive dogs to attack unarmed people.

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“This demolition is devastating,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II. “These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.”

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