Native Americans beaten with police batons, pepper sprayed during prayer for water

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Pepper sprayed in the face twice by police in brutal unprovoked attack on Standing

Rock water protectors on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Photo copyright Rob Wilson.

 

Below: Elder stalked by police in a field on Saturday as police attack water protectors.

Photo copyright Rob Wilson.


Police beat Native American water protectors with batons and pepper spray them in unprovoked attack

 

By Brenda Norrell

Photos by Rob Wilson and screen captures by Censored News.

 

Breaking News Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016: Water protectors defending sacred, after Saturday's brutal attack by police: www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

 

STANDING ROCK, North Dakota -- Morton County Sheriff deputies and police carried out a brutal attack on Native Americans as they gathered for prayer today.

Native Americans and supporters defending the water of the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline construction were beaten with batons by police, pepper sprayed and thrown to the ground.

More than 80 water protectors were arrested today during the unprovoked attack by police on peaceful water protectors. The police are defending a private pipeline.

Tipiwizin, a young mother at Standing Rock, called out for help, urging all those who came and camped at Standing Rock to return.

"The police, the military, armored vehicles, assault rifles, they are chasing our people, surrounded our people, chasing them into the river."

Watching the live videos today, she said, "I started crying, holding my baby daughter, because we come from people who were chased down, hunted down and gunned down by the military and the police. History is repeating itself. All those stories we were raised with, that we carry in our hearts, of our people, fleeing, running, racing, for our lives, just to live. We are the grandchildren and great grandchildren of those who survived the US Government federally mandated massacres on our people."

In an unprecedented amount of lies in the media, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has falsely accused the water protectors of being violent and being armed. The local media, revealing a long history of racism, have repeated these lies in the media.

In a steady stream of misinformation, the mainstream media reported that President Obama had halted the pipeline construction. Again, this is misinformation. DAPL, owned by Kelcy Warren, who has become the face of genocide for Native Americans, is racing to complete the construction.

The DAPL construction is near a burial place where water protectors were attacked with vicious dogs and pepper sprayed on Sept. 3.

The Morton County Sheriff is engaging in strip searches and false imprisonment of Native American men and women, who are jailed without credible charges. The owner of the land where the Camp of the Sacred Stones Camp is located, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, said her daughter was arrested without cause, while traveling in a car away from the area, strip searched and jailed naked.

Dakotas, Lakotas and Nakotas here say this abuse is recreating the historical trauma, a result of their ancestors who were murdered and subjected to sexual violence by the Calvary and U.S. military.

Watch the video of today as police attack Native Americans in prayer:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/10/standing-rock-water-protectors-running.html

Photos from video screen captures.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Narco News.

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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.