Morton County

Legislation Against DAPL Protesters Fails in ND House

The bill said a driver who "unintentionally'' caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Legislation aimed at protesters who blocked roads during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the North Dakota House. The bill said a driver who “unintentionally” caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged. The legislation’s primary sponsor, Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich, told The Washington Post recently the…

DAPL Protests Costing Local N.D. Taxpayers, State $33 Million

Nine states have provided support to law enforcement

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Authorities have spent 188 days at the protest camps at an estimated cost to state and local taxpayers of nearly $33 million. That cost has been broken down to $25 million for personnel needs such as paying salaries and other staff, $3.6 million for travel, per diem and housing and $4.3 million for supplies and…

DAPL Viral Protest Picture Determined to Be Fake

The photo is actually from HBO's website for their movie, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A picture of tents on fire at a DAPL protest camp in Morton County has gone viral with people saying it was law enforcement who raided and set the camp on fire. The problem with the picture? It’s from the scene of a movie on HBO. This is the photo that has all the attention. It…

Tribes File Lawsuit in Attempt to Halt DAPL Construction

Two tribes have filed a lawsuit after the company began construction again

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are moving full-steam ahead in court to stop the Dakota Access pipeline project. A legal challenge has been filed to try to block the project’s completion. The judge will not hear it until Monday. The company building the pipeline has started construction on the final stretch of the…

Three Fugitives Wanted for Alleged DAPL Crimes

Two other fugitives related to the same set of charges have already been arrested or appeared in court

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. –Three men are wanted on federal charges from an incident at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. An indictment has been handed down for 36-year-old Brennon Nastacio, 22-year-old Brandon Miller-Castillo and 20-year-old Dion Ortiz. The fugitives are accused of civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal crime. A third suspect, James White, was just arrested…

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…