Cannonball community make djustments because of DAPL protesters

By Malique Rankin |

Published 10/24 2016 06:41PM

Updated 10/24 2016 06:41PM

The main DAPL protest camp is very near the city of Cannonball. 
Businesses and schools have been dealing with the heavy police presence and road closures since early August. We spoke with the Solen Public Schools super intendant and Prairie Knights Casino to see impact the protests have made. 
Justin Fryer: "The biggest impact has been just the influx of kids. We are taking kids from the camp and the kids have been great and wonderful. You know, some of our classrooms are up to 20, 21, 22 kids. Normally our teachers are used to around 15. So that's been somewhat of a transition there but we're doing the best we can."
Everett Ironeyes: "What's been the biggest impact on our business has been the road closures. We're missing a part of our midweek business, our weekend business. But our midweek traffic, people generally jump in their car and drive down. Because of the uncertainty and not knowing which road they can take, it hampers that access.">>
We tried to speak with the superintendent and casino general manager about highway 1806 being closed indefinitely. Both were out of the office late this afternoon. 

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