One Man's 6-Hour Fight Against Dakota Access

Published 08/31 2016 07:33PM

Updated 08/31 2016 07:33PM


Following a quiet couple of weeks, police and protesters clashed once again but this time on new ground.

Highway 6. 
 
Alicia Ewen reports on a protest that gained national attention today. 
 
Happy!
 
An ironic name.
 
Considering there is so little here.
 
"You violated our treaties. Desecrated our grave lands. For what? Corporate entities!," Dakota Access Pipeline protester.
 
Protesters moved their fight to Highway 6 today after spotting construction on the pipeline.
 
And then... onto the construction equipment itself. 
 
"Wanted to make a stand and that's what brings us here to this moment," said Cody Hall or Red Warrior Tribe. 
 
"Happy" or Dale American Horse Junior tied himself to an excavator early this morning.
 
He used PVC pipe, chicken wire, chains, duct tape, and grease. 
 
"They just had a hard time cutting through that. It's just dolled out. They were at it for an hour and all they got was a duct tape," Hall added.
 
Saws and even cranes were brought in to break the man free.
 
"We are warriors and we are here to protect this land," said one protester.
 
It looked to be a power saw that eventually did the trick. 
 
He had been there for six hours. 
 
He was immediately arrested. 
 
"All I want is clean water for our people and you to drink. That's all. Why does it have to come down to this? Why do I have to be here doing this?" said Dale American Heart Junior. 
 
Right as Happy was driven away, the excavator went right back to work for a few minutes. But as you can see it's stopped now, and with it, the protestors are headed home.
 
There was a total of 8 people arrested today off of highway 6

 

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