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Breaking: Sheriff’s Dept to Fine People $1K for Bringing in Food and Supplies to Standing Rock

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November 29, 2016

North Dakota — In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

Reuters reports: “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ‘emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.”

Herr flatly stated, according to Reuters, “They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services.”

Although the governor’s order went into effect immediately, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong noted no deliveries to the camps had yet been turned away as of Tuesday morning.

However, ‘The building materials intended for the site are a top priority because the camp is not zoned for permanent structures,’ Reuters reported she said. ‘Propane tanks also will be blocked because they have been used in attacks against law enforcement.’

The latter claim has been proven false by eyewitness video from the night of November 20-21, when law enforcement assaulted peaceful water protectors for over six hours in a non-stop barrage of rubber bullets, tear gas, impact and concussion grenades, and even weaponized water — in temperatures dropping into the low 20s Fahrenheit. Sophia Wilansky’s arm was nearly ripped from her body when an impact grenade exploded. But the sheriff denies police used any weapon that could have caused such damage, despite evidence collected from the scene and by surgeons working to repair her traumatic wound.

Shortly after issuing the notice it would block supplies, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department backed away somewhat, saying it would take a passive role to try to prevent supplies from reaching the camps, by issuing hefty $1,000 fines for vehicles attempting such deliveries — saying it had interpreted the evacuation order as a reason for a blockade.

“That is the understanding that we had initially but we had to get that clarified,” Herr told Reuters. “The governor is more interested in public safety than setting up a road block and turning people away.”

This startling announcement of any attempt at a supply blockage from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department comes during a week of shocking news for Standing Rock Sioux water protectors and their allies camped near the Missouri River to block construction of the highly contentious Dakota Access Pipeline.

An eviction notice letter sent by the Army Corps of Engineers to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier on Friday sparked furious outrage from around the world — and was met with firm resistance from both tribes.

Clarifying later no force would be used to effect this eviction, the Army Corps stated, “Those who remain will be considered unauthorized and may be subject to citation under federal, state, or local laws.”

Before the shock wore off from that letter, on Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple confounded matters further with the issuance of an emergency evacuation order for the same Army Corps-managed, water protector-occupied land as a winter storm advanced on the area.

Although neither U.S. government-issued order would apply had treaties from the 1800s been honored, the attorneys scrambled to determine if the governor’s evacuation supplanted the Army Corps’ eviction — as the date for the camps to become officially illegal would be moved forward significantly from December 5. Archambault denounced Dalrymple’s order as an intimidation tactic and determined it invalid.

However, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department appears to have opportuned the current evacuation order to escalate its curtailment of the basic human rights of the thousands of water protectors estimated to now occupy camps north of the Cannonball River.

Legally and technically speaking, both orders effectively close the camps — except for Sacred Stone Camp, located south of the river — to access by both the public and emergency services.

Thousands of veterans have been planning to arrive at the camps on December 4 to defend water protectors from brutal police tactics employed by the multi-state coalition of police led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department — and they haven’t yet changed those plans.

According to an update from Reuters, Governor Dalrymple’s spokesman Jeff Zent said, “There is not going to be any blockade of supplies.”

While so much about these breaking developments remains unclear thanks to a lack of information from authorities and officials, one thing is certain. Blocking food and supplies, by any means, from reaching water protectors who have vowed to stay through the winter is not only a violation of human rights and basic decency — if effective, it has the potential to be an horrific tragedy in the making.

[UPDATE] In a recent post to social media, the American Civil Liberties Union urged anyone who have been pulled over while delivering supplies to Standing Rock to contact them for an ongoing investigation into the constitutionality of the governor’s mandatory evacuation order:




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    Someone like Judge Anna or Dale needs to send out a printable flyer that can carried by everyone and be delivered to the sheriff and anyone trying to enforce a corporate statute and let them know that the sovereign people will not accept their offers to contract and do not consent to their proceedings.

    Corporations need a contract to enforce their corporate rules aks statutes. The Sheriff may be the only one with a public bond.

    They should be also notified that they are foreign agents and corporate employees and have no authority over a sovereign people absent a contract.

    These cops need to understand that they operate under the Color of Law and can be personally held accountable for their actions and any harm they cause. Remind them of their oath to office.

    Leave BAR attorneys out of the mix, they are loyal to the Crown not the people.

    • desertspeaks

      there are no contracts.. Just ask them if they have any factual tangible personal firsthand knowledge that their CONstitution applies to you just because of your physical presence within a given geographic area! FYI no such evidence exists! You are NOT a party to any constitution..

      Lets see what their courts have to say about you “as a private person” in relation to their CON-stitution!
      Padelford, Fay & Co. v. Mayor and Aldermen of City of Savannah 14 Ga. 438, which states the following;
      “But, indeed, no private person has a right to complain, by suit in Court, on the ground of a breach of the Constitution. The Constitution, it is true, is a compact, but he is not a party to it. The States are the parties to it.” bottom right of page 45 and top left of page 46

      From the above citation, we as reasonable people can extrapolate that in the instance of state constitutions that we are not parties to state constitutions either.. the parties to state constitutions will be the fictional construct of the mind called the state and the fictional constructs called districts, counties, cities, towns/parishes and the like. BUT NOT YOU the flesh and blood private person! In the event you disagree, did you sign it or agree to be bound by it and does it meet all the elements of an enforceable contract? NOPE!

      One cannot be obligated to adhere to something he/she is not even a party to..

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  • desertspeaks

    I was not aware that the sheriffs department could invent and create laws.. further, if they filed sworn affidavits, they committed perjury which is a felony!

  • Redlist Renegade

    Why not avoid the road blocks altogether and just air drop supplies to the protesters ? That area isn’t a restricted air space above the protesters , is it ?

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