Published August 12, 2016
CANNONBALL, NORTH DAKOTA – Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault and Tribal Council Member Dana Yellow Fat were arrested with others on Friday afternoon near the construction zone where some 300 American Indians and their allies gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The arrests occurred as the protesters crossed the orange construction fence barricade erected to keep protesters near the construction site.
Chairman Archambault and Tribal Councilor Yellow Fat and others were released by evening.
According to law enforcement, 18 people have been arrested over the course of Thursday and Friday.
“I would not miss supporting this cause for anything,” commented Brandon Sazue, chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, based in Fort Thompson, South Dakota. “I just missed Chairman Archambault getting arrested because I left to go transfer money so members of my tribe can get here. I think this gathering of protesters will just get bigger because this is a big deal.”
Others American Indian were gathered at the spirit camp where several tepees are constructed for a place for the protesters to gather to sing and pray when not at the construction site.
Tribal members from South Dakota tribes have come to lend support for what is considered an assault to other Lakota and American Indians in Indian Country.
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