December 2016

Date Title Description
12/31/2016 - 4:30pm 12/31/16

At approximately 10:00 pm, protesters lit a fire on Turtle Island and a second fire was lit later.  The number of protesters at the Island continued to grow and approximately 11:00 pm, protesters b

12/30/2016 - 4:30pm 12/30/16

One female arrested for trespass after crossing the fence onto private property near the intersection of County Rd 135/County Rd 80 where law enforcement were present.  There were approximately 15

12/29/2016 - 4:30pm 12/29/16

At approximately 3:20 pm, protesters cut the light tower support cable, causing the tower to fall, and the surveillance camera was stolen from the tower pole.

12/28/2016 - 4:30pm 12/28/16

Approximately 20 protestors were at the Morton County courthouse standing in the hallway outside of the courtroom for most of the afternoon.  No significant problems were encountered with this grou

12/27/2016 - 4:30pm 12/27/16

Approximately 30-40 protesters went onto the Backwater Bridge.  Some in this group did some minor damage to the light plants at the bridge by breaking the keys in the switches. 

12/26/2016 - 4:30pm 12/26/16

Blizzard conditions continued until late afternoon.  Snow plowing efforts were underway but due to the snowfall amounts and drifting, progress was extremely slow. 

12/25/2016 - 4:30pm 12/25/16

A severe blizzard occurred with snowfall amounts of approximately 12 inches in the Bismarck/Mandan area accompanied by winds 30-40 mph with higher gusts.

12/24/2016 - 4:30pm 12/24/16

No significant events occurred.

12/23/2016 - 4:30pm 12/23/16

No significant events occurred.

12/22/2016 - 4:30pm 12/22/16

The ND Dept.

12/21/2016 - 4:30pm 12/21/16

No significant events occurred.

12/20/2016 - 4:30pm 12/20/16

There was no significant protester activity.

12/19/2016 - 4:30pm 12/19/16

At approximately 3:50 am, a protester trespassed onto Turtle Hill and was taken into custody by law enforcement.  The subject arrested is a Jake Atkinson who has pending charges for engaging in a r

12/18/2016 - 4:30pm 12/18/16

During the afternoon, a group estimated at approximately 50 people went to the Backwater Bridge and did a ceremony/demonstration of some type.  Some of the individuals approached the barricade on t

12/17/2016 - 4:30pm 12/17/16

No significant events occurred.  The weather remained very cold.

12/16/2016 - 4:30pm 12/16/16

No significant events occurred.   The weather continued cold with below normal temperatures.

12/15/2016 - 4:30pm 12/15/16

At approximately 4:00 pm, a group of 30-40 from the protest camp assembled on Hwy 1806 just south of the backwater bridge and appeared to be performing a ceremony.  After approximately 15 minutes t

12/14/2016 - 4:30pm 12/14/16

No significant events occurred.  The weather remained very cold with high temperatures around zero with wind chills in the double digits below zero. 

12/13/2016 - 4:30pm 12/13/16

No significant events occurred.

12/12/2016 - 4:30pm 12/12/16

At approximately 9:00 am a single individual from the protest camp walked onto the Backwater Bridge.  The individual walked along the barricade to the west and then climbed over the barricade tresp

12/11/2016 - 4:30pm 12/11/16

No significant events occurred. 

12/10/2016 - 4:30pm 12/10/16

The white passenger car that crashed into the barricade remains at the barricade.

No significant events occurred.   

12/09/2016 - 4:30pm 12/09/16

At approximately 4:55 pm, a white passenger vehicle driving at a high rate of speed came from the south on Hwy 1806 and crashed into the jersey barriers forming a barricade on the north end of the

12/08/2016 - 5:00pm 12/08/16

At approximately 2:00 pm, 4 persons from the protest camp walked onto the Backwater Bridge.  The individuals walked to the barricade on the north end of the bridge and appeared to be examining the

12/07/2016 - 8:30am 12/07/16

Winter storm conditions continued primarily due to high wind speeds.  In the morning, ND Dept of Transportation snowplows did plow Hwy 1806 to the protest camp as well as other roads in the surroun

12/06/2016 - 8:30am 12/06/16

A blizzard which began in the night continued throughout the day. 

12/05/2016 - 8:30am 12/05/16

At approximately 8:00 am, subjects from the protest camp walked onto the Backwater Bridge.  By 8:30 there were approximately 12 individuals on the bridge.  One of these subjects crossed over to the

12/04/2016 - 8:30am 12/04/16

There were a large number of vehicles entering the Seven Councils camp throughout the day.

There was no significant protest activity.

12/03/2016 - 8:30am 12/03/16

Very little activity today.  A media conference was held regarding the plan to pull back the law enforcement line from the bridge.

12/02/2016 - 8:30am 12/02/16

At approximately 1050hrs, there was a report of three people on horseback riding cross country. Approximately 45 minutes later they rode back to camp.

12/01/2016 - 8:30am 12/01/16

Very slow day. Only activity reported were approximately a dozen people in two canoes traveling on a portion of the river. No incidents reported.