Morton County

Lost California Couple Headed to North Dakota Casino Arrested at DAPL Protest Site

Couple headed to Prairie Knights Casino arrested after traffic stop

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A couple from California quickly found out they were on the wrong road. They were stopped on Highway 1806 near the Dakota Access pipeline protest and officers uncovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, over $7,000 in cash and three high capacity magazines for AR15-style rifles. The driver, 29-year-old Douglas Dias of Santa Rosa, California, said they were…

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney: His Side

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest in Morton County, North Dakota

The biggest story of last year really started gaining momentum in August. That’s when hundreds of people trekked to the site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Morton County, to protest. But at least one man from Cass County also headed there, not to protest, but to keep the peace. We are not here to pick sides.  We are…

The Federal Government Abandoned Us: Sneak Peek at Sheriff Laney’s Story

Catch Sheriff Laney: His Side, Sunday, only on KVRR Local News at 9

He was on the front-lines of the Dakota Access protest for months. Sunday night on KVRR Local News, after the Super Bowl, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney shares “his side” of his time at DAPL. He’ll talk about being called on to assist local authorities in Morton County to deal with what he calls a “militant” faction of protesters. Sheriff…

Leader of Standing Rock Tribe Says DAPL Protesters are Undermining Legal Efforts

Authorities arrested 74 protesters on Wednesday, including former Democratic candidate for U.S. House, Chase Iron Eyes

  Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault is criticizing Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents who set up a camp on private land. He says the move undermines the tribe’s efforts to make a legitimate case against the pipeline, which the tribe says threatens its drinking water. Authorities arrested 74 protesters after they set up tee-pees Wednesday on land owned by…

Acting Secretary of the Army Directs Corps of Engineers to Proceed with Easement

The acting Secretary of the Army, Robert Speer, says the Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with the easement

  Senator John Hoeven says the acting Secretary of the Army, Robert Speer, informed him he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline. The Indigenous Environmental Network issued the following statement: “We are disgusted but not surprised by the Secretary of the Army’s decision to recommend the easement…

Release of NDresponse.gov Strikes Up DAPL Conversation

The site created to inform citizens of state emergencies puts a heavy focus on the pipeline protests

North Dakota launched a new state website. NDResponse.gov is split between two main sections:  spring flooding and pipeline protests. The DAPL section is populated with daily police logs and press releases on the protest going as far back as last August. There’s also a section dedicated to debunking government perceived myths about the protest. “There’s a lot of social media…

Price of DAPL Protests Expected to Cost North Dakota and Taxpayers $22 Million

The Morton County Sheriff's Office has released the cost and the number of resources that have been used to combat illegal activity while protesters have been fighting the building of the Dakota Access pipeline

The Morton County Sheriff’s Office has released what they call a “by the numbers” look at what resources have been used since August 10, 2016 to stop illegal activity at the protest sites of the Dakota Access pipeline. They say in the 153 days they have been responding to the protests, the state and taxpayer costs are now at $22.3 million….

Protesters Break DAPL Agreement; Arrested by Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Says Protesters Seem to Argue With One Another Over Whether or Not to be Peaceful

Five protesters have been arrested despite having an agreement with law enforcement. According to Morton County Law Enforcement, a group of protesters crossed the Cannonball River after they were ordered not to. An agreement was made earlier this month between law enforcement and tribal leaders that officers would move away from the Backwater Bridge if protesters stayed off the bridge…