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Woman: Sheriff Caged Native Americans In Dog Kennels (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Floris White Bull, one of the 141 Native Americans arrested for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota Oct. 27, said that she and some of her fellow demonstrators were locked in dog kennels by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department (video below).

White Bull recalled in a video posted on YouTube Oct. 29 how she and other Native Americans were put on buses and taken to the sheriff's department:

When we pulled into the sheriff's department, we was caged in dog kennels, sat on the floor, and we were marked with numbers ... We were in cells. We were being held in the garage. They had dog kennels. There was two for the women and they had tarps up so we couldn't see out. We could hear the buses coming ... This is happening today. This isn’t something that we are reading in history books. This isn’t something that we're watching a documentary on. This is happening today, this is happening here.

There have been violent attacks on the protesters who say that the pipeline construction has destroyed sacred burial grounds and could poison drinking water.

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During a press conference Oct. 29, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said that some protesters were kept in "dog kennels" by police, notes KFYR-TV.

A spokesperson with the Morton County Sheriff's Department emailed the news station with a response, which did not deny the demonstrators had been put in dog kennels:

Temporary holding cells (chain link fences) have been installed into the Morton County Correctional Center and are used for "mass arrest" situations only. They are temporary until the Correctional Center can get them processed into our facility or transferred to another facility in North Dakota.

The temporary housing units have been inspected and approved by the ND Department of Corrections which has oversight over all county correctional centers in ND. While there they have access to bathroom facilities, meals and drinking water. If any medical situations arise they are addressed by a medical or nursing staff on site.

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Morton County Correctional Center has room for only 42 inmates and during a mass arrest arrangements have been made to transport to other jails. When a person is arrested and arrives at the jail, trained staff conduct a visual assessment, are patted down when they are admitted and all items and property are collected and placed in a bag which is returned when they leave.

An anonymous donor paid $2.5 million to bail out the protesters Oct. 29, according to the family of Caddo Nation chairwoman Tamara Francis-Fourkiller, who was one of the "water protectors" peacefully protesting the pipeline, notes KOTV.

(Note: Dog kennel part is at 2:15 mark)

Sources: YouTube, KFYR-TV, KOTV / Photo credit: YouTube

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