Published October 20, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA and LOHRVILLE, IOWA – Children participating in anti-Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) actions in Iowa and North Dakota were targets of similar disturbing attacks this week when men asked the price to buy the children.
Water Protectors, the name of a loose collection of groups lead by Native Americans and their allies, is attempting to halt construction of the Bakken DAPL which will run from North Dakota to Illinois. It has fronts in North Dakota and Iowa.
Water Protectors in Iowa were heading to an action site outside Lohrville on October 15. Water Protector Marissa Cummings was walking with her young daughter. The workers fled when they saw the Protectors coming. Cummings and her daughter encountered a fleeing Bakken DAPL worker in a truck. As he fled the area, he shouted out the window at Marissa Cummings, “How much for the little girl?”
The entire exchange was caught on video and shared on Facebook.
The next day, a Standing Rock Water Protector camp in North Dakota was targeted for a similar attack.
On the Standing Rock Rising Facebook page, a Water Protector identified as Redhawk described a similar incident.
“Yesterday at Standing Rock, a suspicious truck was spotted driving around camp. The driver stated that a DAPL worker had contacted him on facebook and asked him for a price for a child. I was told he was warning protectors. This information was reported directly to me by a native protector,” writes Redhawk.
Water Protectors have complained that tactics by Energy Transfer Partners’ contracted security company is dangerous. On September 2 private securety protecting a Bakken DAPL site in North Dakota used attack dogs and pepper spray on Water Protectors.
The man soliciting the price of the child in Iowa is described as in his 50’s or 60’s, driving a silver Ford truck.
In North Dakota he is described as driving a blue extended cab pickup truck with a camper shell.