Anyone who remained at the Oceti Sakowin Camp outside Standing Rock, North Dakota, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline faced arrest as of 2 p.m. CT today (February 22). Water protectors, who remained at the site despite the state’s harsh winter, received notice on February 15 that they’d have to evacuate the area per Governor Doug Burgum’s order.
While many individuals, including volunteers and water protectors gathered their belongings and helped to clear out the camp, others vowed to remain there in defiance of the state’s orders. According to a live Facebook video independent journalist Jon Ziegler posted, at 2 CT, surveillance planes began circling over people still at the camp and those who had retreated to a nearby highway to avoid arrest.
In that same video, Ziegler reported that law enforcement arrived at 2:30 and announced that anyone on the highway was also subject to arrest. Police, says independent news outlet Unicorn Riot and others on the scene, began arresting people around 4, including journalists. At 4:30, independent news outlet Unicorn Riot reported at least six arrests.