Published September 9, 2016
WASHINGTON – Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D – North Dakota) weighed in the Standing Rock #NoDAPL fight on Thursday.
The senator, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, played it safe in her statement. She did not address the criminal act by the construction company that desecrated sacred burial grounds last Saturday. Nor did she mention how the security company hired by the Dakota Access, LLC ambushed American Indian land protectors, including men, women and children, with attack German Shepherd and pit bull dogs.
The following is Senator Heitkamp’s statement:
“As North Dakotans, our treatment and respect for one another has always been paramount. It’s absolutely imperative that as the significant issues that have been raised by both sides are considered in federal court, the rights of tribes to peacefully protest, and the rights of workers to safely do their jobs are honored.
I’m grateful to our local law enforcement – particularly Morton County officers – for their reverence and care in keeping our communities safe, and as this issue proceeds in court, I’ll be working to make sure that the sustained respect and care for our neighbors that makes us inherently North Dakotan is upheld.”
Remember, she is on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
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