Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday, Oct. 20, of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK — The special prosecutor who tried unsuccessfully to charge "Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman with rioting for her role in a Dakota Access Pipeline protest said Thursday, Oct. 20, he wouldn't respond to a Washington Post blogger's column saying he's unfit for office and should be sanctioned. But McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson continued to challenge the notion that Goodman was acting as a journalist when she was present for a Sept. 3 clash between pipeline protesters and private security guards at a construction site in southern Morton County.
BISMARCK — The Democratic-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor is criticizing her Republican counterpart for declining to participate in a debate before the Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford, who is running with Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla on the Dem-NPL ticket, said both she and Libertarian Party candidate Marty Riske's running mate, Joshua Voytek of Fargo, accepted an invitation to participate in an Oct. 18 debate at the University of Mary in Bismarck.
BISMARCK – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to set aside tribally owned land for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to relocate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County, but Chairman Dave Archambault II stopped short of saying the tribe is moving the existing camp.
BISMARCK — Authorities are compiling criminal histories and in some cases detailed dossiers on those arrested during Dakota Access Pipeline protests — including digging through their social media accounts — as they try to familiarize themselves with what Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said are sometimes professional protesters with past arrests. "This is just to make sure (we know) who we're dealing with and so the public knows who we're dealing with, too, so they can have their opinions," he said.
MANDAN, N.D. – A judge Monday refused to charge “Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman with rioting for her coverage of a Sept. 3 clash between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and private security guards, but the Morton County sheriff’s office said Goodman could still face charges.
BISMARCK — In New York, more than 150 people assembled in a flash mob at a Syracuse shopping mall. In Nevada, a pickup truck plowed through a crowd of mostly American Indian demonstrators in downtown Reno. And in North Dakota, Minnesota and two other states, activists face charges of tampering with valves on five pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil into the United States, leading to several arrests.
BISMARCK — State lawmakers who cut positions from the North Dakota Department of Human Services' budget request last year deserve some of the blame for a recent audit that was highly critical of how the agency licenses and monitors child care providers, members of a legislative committee said Thursday.
BISMARCK — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says talks continue about relocating the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp from federally owned land to tribally owned land near Cannon Ball, N.D., but one camp spokesman says many plan to stay put.
BISMARCK — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II denies saying that he lost control of the camp where thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying in south-central North Dakota, as Gov. Jack Dalrymple suggested in a radio interview Tuesday. Dalrymple told KFYR radio host Scott Hennen that among the pipeline protesters is a group of about 200 people who "are into a more militant form of agitation" and "provide 100 percent of the problems that we deal with."