MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Two officials with the Standing Rock Sioux have been acquitted of disorderly conduct charges that were filed during early protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault and Tribal Councilman Dana Yellow Fat were arrested on Aug. 12 for allegedly pushing back against a line of law enforcement officers in North Dakota.

During their trial Wednesday, both men said they were only trying to protect older tribal members. Jurors quickly returned not-guilty verdicts.

The Standing Rock tribe led the opposition against the $3.8 billion pipeline, alleging it threatened drinking water and tribal sites. Hundreds of people were arrested during protests last year.

The pipeline developer denied the claims. The company was allowed this year to build the final leg of the pipeline to move North Dakota oil across South Dakota and Iowa to a plant in Illinois.

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Comments (3)
  1. Patricia Nye says:

    Bring charges against the security people that badly injured the protesters! One girl lost an arm!

  2. Yeah, Morton County should be held responsible for their actions along with Gov. Dalrymple and the private police force TigerSwan. They were allowed to be brought in and were given the go ahead to use tactics used in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq against people who were merely trying to protect the water for millions of people. People got seriously hurt, there were heart attacks, hypothermia, a girl lost her arm because of what they used on us. Let’s be honest, we know that Kelce Warren paid people to infiltrate the camps to cause problems, they were not the peaceful, praying Native people there. ETP and everything it is connected to is going to ruin our earth. DAPL has already sprung three leaks.

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