Ohio, United States (RustBelt) – 37 Ohio State Highway Patrol troops were dispatched to Standing Rock on the morning of Saturday October 29 according to Nick Blizzard for WHIO. This makes Ohio the seventh (7th) state to send police to North Dakota in response to the peaceful resistance against DAPL by Water Protectors.
A multi-state insurgency arrived at a camp near October 27 and attacked the peaceful Water Protectors. Six states were present: Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
This militarized police force was assembled as part of the Emergency Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC permits states to send police to other states during natural disasters and emergencies. Officers arrived in military-style riot gear and used a long range acoustic device (LRAD), chemical spray, rubber bullets, batons, tasers, and excessive force to psychologically and physically torture the Protectors before making arrests. At least 141 were arrested, and a horse was killed.
The camp where the attacks took place was erected four days prior on territory granted to the Sioux in the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty. It is also near the site where Dakota Access had desecrated sacred burial sites and attacked peaceful Protectors with bite dogs.
This treaty defined non-reservation territory for the Sioux and eight other Indian Tribes in the Northern Plains. In 1868, a second Fort Laramie Treaty was written that defined reservation land for the Sioux and other Tribes. Much of the land given to the Sioux in 1851 was not included in the reservation. Nonetheless, that land was never re-annexed by the United Stats in that treaty or any subsequent one. As such, the land remains unceded Sioux territory, and the presence of military police and the construction of Dakota Access continues a long history of colonial imperialism committed against the indigenous Americans.
Ohio is now sending troops to assist in this violent insurgency against the peaceful Protectors. The state is allowing their Highway Patrol to facilitate in an overt act of colonial aggression against a foreign power. They are contributing to a legal act of war against a foreign power by offering their police soldiers to the multi-state insurgency led by North Dakota in support of DAPL.