January 2017

Date Title Description
01/31/2017 - 4:00pm 1/31/17

At approximately 11:30 am, 30-40 protesters were at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck doing a demonstration.  The protest was apparently related to the State funding from the Bank of North Dakota that is going to the North Dakota Department of

01/30/2017 - 3:30pm 1/30/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/29/2017 - 3:30pm 1/29/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/28/2017 - 9:30am 1/28/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/27/2017 - 9:30am 1/27/17

At approximately 10:09 a.m., a lone individual on a bicycle entered the Backwater Bridge. He took a few photographs then left without incident approximately 15 minutes later.

01/26/2017 - 11:30am 1/26/17

No significant protest activity occurred. 

01/25/2017 - 11:30am 1/25/17

No significant protest activity occurred. 

01/24/2017 - 12:00pm 1/24/17

President Trump issued an executive order to advance approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline in addition to the Keystone Pipeline.  The order did not provide any specifics that would allow for DAPL to begin crossing Lake Oahe.

01/23/2017 - 9:00am 1/23/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/22/2017 - 9:00am 1/22/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/21/2017 - 9:00am 1/21/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/20/2017 - 9:00am 1/20/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/19/2017 - 9:00am 1/19/27

At approximately 12:15 am, law enforcement officers began advancing towards the bridge to remove the protesters.  During this operation to clear the protesters from the bridge, 19 protesters were arrested.  Law enforcement officers returned to the

01/18/2017 - 8:30am 1/18/17

At approximately 7:00 pm, protesters began assembling on the Backwater Bridge.  Some of the protesters were equipped with shields and gas masks and they started a fire on the south end of the bridge.  The protesters also erected teepee poles on th

01/17/2017 - 8:30am 1/17/17

At approximately noon, protesters began assembling on the Backwater Bridge.  By 2:00 pm, there were approximately 30 at the barricade on the north end of the bridge.  At approximately 3:45 pm, law enforcement officers crossed the barricade to the

01/16/2017 - 12:30pm 1/16/17

At approximately 4:00 pm, protester activity began.  Initially, limited numbers of protesters were in the area directly east of the HDD site as well as at Turtle Hill.  At approximately 5:00 pm, there were approximately 200 protesters in the gener

01/15/2017 - 12:30pm 1/15/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/14/2017 - 12:30pm 1/14/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/13/2017 - 12:30pm 1/13/17

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/12/2017 - 12:30pm 1/12/17

A recording of a press release made by the headsmen of the Oceti Sakowin camp was posted to social media.  In this release, they announced the sacred fire in the Oceti camp was going to be allowed to burn down today and the ashes would be carried

01/11/2017 - 12:30pm 1/11/17

Two large garbage dumpster “roll-offs” were delivered to the Oceti camp supposedly to be used to assist in the cleanup effort. 

No significant activity protest activity occurred.

01/10/2017 - 12:00pm 1/10/17

No significant activity occurred.

01/09/2017 - 8:00am 1/9/17

At approximately 1:30 pm, 2 protesters were arrested for trespassing at Turtle Hill.

01/08/2017 - 8:00am 1/8/17

No significant activity occurred.

01/07/2017 - 10:00am 1/7/17

The Fischer buffalo auction was held in Selfridge and no problems were encountered.

No significant protest activity occurred.

01/06/2017 - 8:00am 1/6/17

At approximately 2:45 am, approximately 50 protesters were at the Backwater Bridge removing the security wire from the barricade on the north end of the bridge.  Law enforcement responded and the protesters disregarded orders to leave the bridge. 

01/05/2017 - 8:00am 1/5/17

No significant activity occurred.

01/04/2017 - 8:00am 1/4/17

Approximately 30 protesters staged a demonstration outside the Federal Courthouse in Bismarck from approximately 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  The demonstration was related to a grand jury session concerning Sophia Wilansky who suffered an arm injury during th

01/03/2017 - 8:00am 1/3/17

At approximately 2:45 pm, a group of 8 protesters went onto the Backwater Bridge and tampered with the security wire at the barricade on the north end of the bridge.  After about 15 minutes, the protesters left the bridge and returned to the camp.

01/02/2017 - 8:00am 1/2/17

No significant protest activity occurred.  A snowstorm began late in the day on January 1 and continued throughout January 2nd.  A total of approximately 8 inches of snow accumulated in the Bismarck/Mandan area with total snowfall for the winter n

01/01/2017 - 8:00am 1/1/17

The incident which began at approximately midnight on the 31st continued.  A group of approximately 6 protesters cut and removed a section of the security wire at the top of Turtle Hill and shut off one of the lighting units at the top of the hill