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Bernie Sanders calls on President to intervene in Dakota Access Pipeline dispute


This news story was published on October 28, 2016.
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Bernie Sanders in Clear Lake, Iowa

Bernie Sanders in Clear Lake, Iowa

BURLINGTON, VERMONT — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday requesting he intervene to protect Native Americans peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

At least 140 people were arrested at the construction site in Cannon Ball, N.D., Wednesday after militarized police moved in with tanks and riot gear, using sound cannons, pepper spray and rubber bullets. Hundreds of Native American protectors have gathered at the site since April to protest the pipeline’s construction on land they claim is tribal under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie.

“I urge you to take all appropriate measures to protect the safety of the Native Americans protesters and their supporters who have gathered peacefully to oppose the construction of the pipeline,” Sanders wrote in the letter.

Sanders asks that President Obama direct the Justice Department to send observers to the site to protect protestors’ safety and First Amendment rights; call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to remove the National Guard from the protest camp; and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to issue an order to stop work on construction of the pipeline near the protest site to reduce tensions while awaiting judicial action.

Sanders again called on the president to suspend construction of the pipeline until the Army Corps of Engineers completes a full cultural and environmental review.

“It is deeply distressing to me that the federal government is putting the profits of the oil industry ahead of the treaty and sovereign rights of Native American communities,” Sanders wrote. “Mr. President, you took a bold and principled stand against the Keystone pipeline – I ask you to take a similar stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Sanders previously called on the president to block construction of the pipeline during a rally outside the White House with leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other tribal nations in September.

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11 Responses to Bernie Sanders calls on President to intervene in Dakota Access Pipeline dispute

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 30, 2016 at 9:46 am

    It fun watching the lying news imposters gnashing there teeth over dying lying dumocrats .

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    Lloyd Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Yeah get odummy out there , he can drive them around in the ditch for a while like he does with the rest of us . Anything to make It tougher for the working people.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Headline news – Hillary Capone GETS WEINER !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Ironic twist of fate? Stole everything from the red man and gave it to the black man? I have not comprehended this one out? Maybe comey can clear this up – but folks you could be in for a shock when 3 days before the election comey says he could find nothing -this all concurring to take heat off Hillary Capone and the WIKI leak emails – do not trust our emcumbant tyrants at this time and place.

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      Black Kettles Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Wow… I’m fairly conservative, but this rant is a disgrace. Next time just prelude your comment with…DEEEEEEERRRRRRPPPPP. So people understand you’re mentally challenged right off the bat.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Bernie save your ammo – if you crooks somehow manage to install your bitch – you will be lets say shit out of luck – say high to bonner and bamy and don’t let the door hit your lieing azz on the way out.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 29, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Where are you moving on November 9th?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 8:05 am

    The government is too corrupt at this time – taking bribes from large corporations and foreign governments to be bothered with laws and treaties – our government was corrupt enough to void these treaties back when Custer got his dues -way back then you could follow the money trail and the slaughter of the American Indian for financial gain just as the crooked demorats and the CLINTON CARTEL HAVE BEEN DOING – I have a gut feeling this time around old slick in charge from chitcago might come into view..

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 29, 2016 at 7:39 am

    The old bastard is on the take. He took a buy out to give in to Clinton. He should stay the hell out of Iowa. We don’t need the crooked Feds in here.

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    Run while you can Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    The last thing we need is Obama sticking his nose in here. Look what happened when he did the same in Ferguson, MO

    Disaster ensued.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    October 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Bernie, the white man has shit on the American Indian since 1886 when the last warrior surrendered. Whether the pipeline is right, I don’t know, but blocking highways and burning vehicles is not peaceful.