By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 19, 2016
Cannon Ball, N. Dakota - On Tuesday, Atsa E'sha Hoferer on his Facebook account posted a video of Golden Globe Nominee Canadian actor Adam Beach, 43, at the Sacred Stone Camp (STC). Beach stopped at the STC camp with his daughter in support of the #NoDAPL Native American movement to halt the crude oil pipeline construction.
Beach is a member of the Saulteaux First Nation, was born in Ashern, Manitoba and raised on the Dog Creek Reserve, according to his career and biography as an actor. He has acted in at least 60 films and TV shows, including Cowboys and Aliens with Harrison Ford.
Beach is one of several known celebrities that have stopped at Sacred Stone Camp in support of #NoDAPL. On October 10, Shailene Woodley, 24, an actress in the "Divergent" movie was arrested near St. Anthony for two misdemeanor counts, trespassing and a frivolous charge for engaging in a riot during a peaceful and Native American prayer ceremony at a DAPL protest site. Woodley will be back at a Morton County court house hearing on October 24, according to court records. 27 other water protectors (protesters) were also arrested along with Woodley.
So far, more than 140 water protectors and allies have been arrested and charged with frivolous riot (engaging/inciting a riot) crimes, by the Morton County State's Attorney.
Last Monday, a Morton County judge dismissed a frivolous criminal charge for riot against Amy Goodman, a journalist for Democracy Now. Several other water protectors had their charges for riot dismissed as well.
Also on Monday, Myron Dewey, a journalist surrendered to the Morton County Sheriff's Office after a warrant was issued for a frivolous misdemeanor charge for stalking of DAPL security. Dewey was able to live video record on his Facebook account when he was illegally stopped in a dirt road, searched and a drone confiscated without a warrant. The MCSO deputy told Dewey that they had a warrant, but couldn't produce one for more than 14 minutes until an unidentified deputy told Dewey he was free to leave and to expect a warrant for his arrest later.
Dewey's video shows how rouge MCSO deputies and law enforcement officers assisting the MCSO have engaged in illegal acts against water protectors, targeted Native Americans and journalists.
The American Civil Liberties Union in N. Dakota (ACLU-ND) has filed an open records request with the N. Dakota State Patrol and the MCSO in their investigation into alleged illegal acts that deputies and officers have been accused of doing.
The ACLU-ND claims that the MCSO, N.D. State Patrol and their assisting law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions have and continue to conduct unlawful road blocks, drone surveillance and check points targeting #NoDAPL water protectors (Native Americans) to stop them from legally gaining public road/highway access to protest at or near DAPL sites.
Reports have surfaced that targeted Native Americans arrested and booked for minor crimes like disorderly conduct have been stripped search at the MCSO jail. Several of those arrests included Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, a Pediatrician for the Standing Rock reservation was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and booked at the MCSO jail and stripped search and Dave Archambault II, the Chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was also arrested for civil disobedience and booked at the MCSO jail and was also stripped searched, according to Goodman, a journalist from Democracy Now.
Morton County State Attorney Ladd R. Erickson, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, who is assisting MCSO during the DAPL protests have not released any statements about frivolous riot charges against water protectors have been dismissed. Goodman claims, they have charged journalists with the frivolous riot crimes in an attempt to suppress free of the press and people's right to know what is happening at #NoDAPL protest sites.
On Tuesday, the Redford Center released a video with Robert Redford urging Americans to call President Obama and tell him to protect clean water and to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who is fighting to stop the DAPL pipeline and to protect clean water for 17 million Americans along the Mississippi River in N. Dakota.
Canadian actor Adam Beach at the Sacred Stone Camp in N. Dakota http://bit.ly/2dzgZYd
Video: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe fighting for clean water for 17M Americans along the Mississippi River, Robert Redford urges Americans to Stand with Standing Rock. http://bit.ly/2e0msGM