Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier said the federal government does not care about Treaty rights.
Frazier urged Pipe Carriers and Sun Dancers to come now to the Cheyenne River Camp along the Cannon Ball River, just over the hill from where Oceti Sakowin was, where as many as 10,000 water protectors have camped at one time.
Frazier said Oceti Sakowin, now being cleaned, was an act of defiance.
“We are proud of that.” "We know what is at stake, that this water is life, we have to do what we can to protect it. We need to be here, on the ground, to show them, that we are not going to stand for it.
Read more of his statement, and watch the video statement:
Since April, more than 700 water protectors have been arrested in defense of the Missouri River, from the crude oil pipeline of Dakota Access Pipeline. Unarmed water protectors were shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, shot with water cannons in freezing temperatures, and beaten by militarized police under the direction of Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
Native American elderly were arrested in ceremony, and strip-searched, housed in chain link dog kennels on concrete floors, after Morton County wrote numbers on their arms was done to the Nazis.