Update: After the news of the ban on the sale of propane to Standing Rock water protectors on Wednesday, the corporate Ace Hardware changed their policy on Thursday.
Ace Hardware Boycott urged after company refuses to sell propane in vicinity of Standing Rock during blizzard
By Brenda Norrell
Update: After this article hit the national news late Wednesday, Ace Hardware released a statement on Thursday, Dec. 1, saying there is no ban on propane to Standing Rock water protectors.
Ace Hardware Wednesday that it would not sell propane in the region of the Standing Rock water protectors, where blizzard conditions are placing lives at risk. Ace said it is responding to a request by law enforcement.
Ace Hardware’s policy, which defies human decency and human rights, can be heard in this audio recording by Kevin Gilbertt.
Gilbertt said propane is needed to keep people alive.
Gilbertt encouraged people to call Ace Hardware customer service and respond. “There is not enough wood in camp,” he said, pointing out that it is too cold to go out, and too difficult to get enough wood for heat in camp.
Ace Hardware said it will not sell “incendiary” products in the vicinity of Standing Rock pipeline.
The company said, “Ace Hardware stores in the vicinity of recent pipeline protests in North Dakota have been requested by law enforcement officials to refrain from selling materials that could be used as incendiary devices.”
Gilbertt said, “ACE Hardware needs to be boycotted.”
Gilbertt points out that law enforcement, including the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, has been brutalizing water protectors. While engaging in acts of cruelty and inflicting serious injury, law enforcement has spread lies about the water protectors.
Gilbertt also points out that the North Dakota Governor’s claim of declaring an emergency evacuation out of concern for the safety of the people is ridiculous.
The fact that people are being denied propane in a life and death situation reveals the absurdity of the governor’s statements of fake concern for the safety of the people.
“This is disgusting.”
Ace Hardware released this statement:
Thank you for contacting the Ace Center.
Ace Hardware stores in the vicinity of recent pipeline protests in North Dakota have been requested by law enforcement officials to refrain from selling materials that could be used as incendiary devices. Ace’s number one priority is to protect the safety of its employees, customers and the communities each store serves; Ace will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials. Ace’s compliance is not a reflection of any corporate viewpoint on the pipeline project.
If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us and refer to incident 2529138.
Have a great day! Sincerely,
Camillia H. | Ace Care Center
Below: Ace customer service reads the statement in this telephone recording.
Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 29 years, serving as a writer for Navajo Times and a stringer for AP and USA Today during the 18 years she lived on the Navajo Nation. After being a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated. She then created Censored News, focused on Indigenous Peoples and human rights, now in its fifth year.
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