Standing Rock protesters hit with rubber bullets and pepper spray
Journalist and activist Eryn Schrode was hit by a rubber bullet while filming a protest near the Dakota Access Pipeline site in North Dakota this week.
“It’s very very difficult to watch and sent me into quivers and tears, even without the compounding historic trauma that Native Americans face,” she wrote in a Nov. 3 Facebook post.
It’s the latest recorded incident after weeks of increasing tension between protesters and law enforcement near the Standing Rock Sioux Reserve. Native Americans have camped out there for months, protesting the proposed oil pipeline they say will run through important cultural heritage sites and endanger the reservation’s water supply.
The escalation has drawn international attention. Amnesty International and the United Nations have sent observers to North Dakota after allegations of human rights abuses.
The protests have drawn international attention, sparking demonstrations of solidarity from Canada to New Zealand. In the United States, supporters around the country have been falsely “checking in” at the Standing Rock Indian reservation on Facebook.
Earlier this week President Obama said in an interview that the Army Corps of Engineers was searching for an alternative path for the pipeline that won’t conflict with the interests of Native Americans.