Criminals! You guys are criminals! Go get your money
somewhere else. We’re standing at the construction
site of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It looks like there are at least three
bulldozers that are, to people’s surprise, at this moment, actually bulldozing the
land. There’s a helicopter above, there’s security here and hundreds of people have
been marching up when they heard that the construction site is actually active right now.
My name is Jacob, Jacob Johns. And where are you from?
I’m from Spokane, Washington. I’m Hopi and Akimel O’Odham.
And can you describe what you see, what they’re doing? They are, they’re bulldozing, they’re
bulldozing preparing to put install a pipeline to go into the river.
And above, we see a helicopter. The helicopter itself has been following us and
taking pictures, and we’re filming them in return. C’mon guys, we gotta stop this! People have gone through the fence – men,
women and children – the bulldozers are still going, and they’re yelling at the
men in hard hats. One man in a hard hat threw one of the protesters down. And they’re marching over the dirt mounds. Some of the security have dogs. The six bulldozers are pulling back
right now, people are marching forward in their tracks. There are men, women and
children. More security trucks are pulling up. There are some pulling up.
There are some protesters on horseback. Security has some kind of gas,
people are being pepper-sprayed. We’re not leaving! We’re not leaving!
We’re not leaving! We’re not leaving! Sir, reporter from New York. What are you
spraying people with? I haven’t sprayed anything, ma’am.
But what is that? Yeah, you just maced me in the face right now.
Amy Goodman, this guy maced me in the face. Why don’t – can you show us the label?
Look, it’s all over my sunglasses. He just maced me in the face. A dog bit him, right now.
These f-ers throw the dog on me. Let me see, let me see. Over there, with that dog. I was, like, walking, throwed it over me straight even without any
warning, you know? Look at this. Look at this. Yeah, that did it, you know? Look at this. It’s there. Ma’am, your dog just bit this protester. Are you telling the dogs to bite the protesters?
The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth.
It is still standing here threatening. You can’t put your [blame] on the dog, you’re an evil woman!
You can’t put your blame on the f-ing dog. These people are just, were threatening all of us with these dogs. And she, that woman over there, she was charging him and it bit somebody
right in the face and then it charged at me, it tried to bite me, and she’s still,
they’re still threatening this dog against us And we’re not doing anything. Why are you letting their – her dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood. Stop the woman! Get your f-ing dogs out of here! Get your f-ing dogs out of here! Get the f- out! Get out! We ain’t scared of you! Get the f- back!
Get the f- out of here! After the protesters said that the dog
was bloody from biting them, they then pull the dogs away, and now pickup truck
by pickup truck is pulling away. We’ll see what happens. The protesters are moving
in to ensure that the security leaves. Let’s go check on this woman. What
Ah, just a lot of mace, and the sweat was running, uh, dripping it in, it
was the sweat was making it run down into my eyes. I had my glasses on and
that spared me the brunt of it but then the sweat started putting it in.
How are you doing?
I’m great. What’s your name? Reyna Crow.
And what do you think you’ve accomplished today? I hope we’ve accomplished letting Enbridge
know that the people of this nation and the people of this world, tribal or
otherwise, have withdrawn their social license to pollute water, and that they
need to find an honest non-violent way to make a living.
Where are you from?
Duluth, Minnesota. Idle no more, Duluth! I got maced twice, I got bit by a dog I was [at the] front line. Where did you get bit?
I got bit on the ankle over my booties, so I told him they needed
to leave, but the the guy didn’t believe me, so he don’t want to listen. He, uh, stuck his hand out,
and he maced me, this other guy, and I think he maced a lady, too. Then, they tried getting the dogs on us.
I was just standing there, I wasn’t really doing nothing. That dog ran up on me and it bit my – around my
ankle. You pushed them back, though?
Yes. Why is this such an important fight to you? Because, water is life. Like I said, without
water we all wouldn’t be here, these plants wouldn’t be here, there’d be no
oxygen, we’d all die without it. I wish they’d open their eyes and have a heart to
realize you know if this happens, we’re not going to be the only ones that’s gonna suffer, they’re gonna suffer too. What tribe are you with? I’m Oglala Sioux, full blood.
From? Pine Ridge Reservation. No one owns this land! This land belongs to the earth. We’re only caretakers. We’re caretakers of
Do you feel like you won today? We win every day when we stand in unity,
we stand and we fight. How do you feel? Feel great.
What did you accomplish today?
Protecting our water. That’s what we were here to do, and that’s what we did.
Where are your horses from? Coal Creek, South Dakota. And you came from there? Yes, ma’am.
And so, describe the scene to us. We protected our water, and we did
a good job at doing it. Thank you.