Army Corps Threatens to Evict Main Standing Rock Camp

The Army Corps of Engineers has announced it plans to evict the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main camp of the water protectors at Standing Rock where thousands are now living and preparing for winter. But early responses suggest the water protectors will not budge.

The Standing Rock Sioux received a letter from the Army Corps of Engineers dated November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving) stating that everyone must leave Army Corps land by December 5. The letter is reproduced below.

Chairman David Archambault II responded the same day, expressing disappointment, and calling on the Obama administration to protect public health and well being, not by evicting water protectors but by denying the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. That statement follows.

The other water protectors’ camps are on the reservation and/or private land, so they will not be affected by the eviction.

In other relevant news: hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed veterans, EMTs, firefighters and others are converging on Standing Rock on December 4 to support and protect the water protectors. This event was announced well before the Army Corps eviction announcement. What will happen when police and national guard confront the camp, with this massive infusion of veterans who have come to stand with them, is far from clear.

At least some water protectors are saying they will not leave:

“It is true what they’re trying to do but it won’t matter,” said Joye Braun, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

“We’re going to stand. We’re ready for whatever they throw at us, rubber bullets, pepper spray, mace, water canons,” she said on a Facebook live feed. “They try everything. It’s just making us stronger.”

Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, posted this, showing the continuity between the eviction order and the long history of Indian removal:

—Dec.3, 1875: The US Govt issued an order declaring all Natives not on reservations would be considered “hostile.” Natives had until January 31, 1876, to report to their places of reservation confinement or be removed by the military.

—Nov.25, 2016: The US Govt issued an order declaring all Natives & protectors not on the reservation would be considered “trespassers.” Natives & others have until Dec.5, 2016 to report to the Standing Rock reservation or be removed by the Corporate State

“We ain’t going anywhere. More will come and join us,” he posted on his Facebook page.

 

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4 thoughts on “Army Corps Threatens to Evict Main Standing Rock Camp

  1. So are they also ordering the DLAP builders and their mercenaries to leave the area? Those oil protectors are a much bigger threat to public safety.

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  2. Yes, absolutely. And isn’t there legal protection prohibiting private contractors and even public “law enforcement officials” from “violent confrontation” using potentially lethal force against peaceful protestors on ANY land, be it public or private. And this is even land granted by treaty to the tribe. Is this not a situation that requires an immediate injunction against DAPL? Taking Henderson at his word that he is “genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being” of people at the camps, it seems he should take the lead to get the federal government to order the DAPL forces be immediately dis-armed. Obama and the Justice Department must act. The perpetrators of violence against the people should be arrested. It has already gone way too far!

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