A Water Protector about to be hit with the water cannon for no reason - he did not pose a threat to anyone. Photo by Rob Wilson PhotographyPosted by Rob Wilson Photography on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Officials in North Dakota are still hoping to secure federal funds to pay for their response to the #NoDAPL
Up to $10 million is anticipated from the Department of Justice
, a spokesperson for Gov. Doug Burgum
(R) told the Associated Press.
The grant request was made possible by an obscure provision in a 1,665-page federal funding bill
that allows states -- but not tribes -- to seek "emergency" assistance for law enforcement crises.
Burgum also asked President Donald Trump
, who signed H.R.244
into law on May 5, for a disaster declaration in hopes of covering the costs of the law enforcement effort. The request was denied in May but his office didn't disclose the decision until this week, when reporters in North Dakota asked about it.
The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline
have offered to pay for some of the costs, the AP reported.
The state claims it spent $37 million responding to opposition to the project from the latter half of 2016 through early 2017.
Oil started flowing through the pipeline on June 1 after Trump approved the final portion of the project in North Dakota. A federal judge said the approval was inappropriate because it did not address concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
and other opponents.
Thanks to energy development, North Dakota has taken in $3.25 billion in taxes since 2014, according to an industry group
. Yet the state said it had to borrow money to address the #NoDAPL movement.
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