Earlier I posted some pictures of Sacred Stone Camp taken during my visit on October 30. In this post I will publish a video and some pictures I took of the bridge just north of the Sacred Stone Camp. It is on this bridge that the two military style trucks and a car were set ablaze. Any of the pictures in this post can be clicked on to make them bigger.
Before going on I will note these posts with the pictures are in not favor or against what the #NoDAPL protesters/water-protectors are doing. In these posts I am simply passing on some video and photos I took while traveling through Cannon Ball on the way back home from a trip I took to Bismarck.
First up is the video I took of the damaged vehicles. This video is just over three minutes long. I began filming on the north side of the bridge and filmed the damaged vehicles as I headed South back towards the camp.
This first picture shows the bridge when coming over the hill from the camp. There were a lot of State Patrol cars north of the barricade. There is a cement barricade on the north side of the bridge; which can be seen going all the way to the fence-line. There are also lights setup on either side of the road behind the barricade.
This was me approaching the bridge from the South Side.
Here I am approaching the burnt out car.
Now I’ve passed the car and walking along the bridge. I never did find out who actually owns these two military style dump trucks. I’ve been told the ND National Guard does not have such vehicles and they may be owned by DAPL or the Army Corp of Engineers.
Sign placed on one of the burnt out vehicles.
The tire remains of these vehicles were still smoldering. It can’t really be seen in this picture, but can be seen in the video above.
This is looking north from the bridge. The cement barricade and law enforcement vehicles can be clearly seen from here. Law enforcement spent very little time outside of their vehicles while I was there. That is probably in part due to the cold wind. I was also told the Army Corp of Engineers land ends on the north side of the bridge, which is why law enforcement stopped where they are.
A closer look at the vehicles on the north side of the bridge. I wondered at this time if I was being photographed from the other side.
Looking at the vehicles from the north side.
In these pictures fire damage to the posts holding the bridges barricade can be seen. When this bridge is reopened the damage will have to be repaired.
By this time there was some activity from law enforcement.
A bit of a side story here. At this point I had heard law enforcement yelling something at a couple of young ladies that were up by the barrier. When the young ladies came back to where I standing I did inquire as to what the shouting was. One of the young ladies had stood on the concrete barrier to get a better picture with her phone. The law enforcement official was yelling for her to get down. I’m not sure if they were doing that for safety, or because they were afraid of two young ladies.
The other side of the bridge didn’t have as much fire damage, but the barricade was still quite damaged. The damage can be seen in the picture below on the right side.
There is also graffiti on the bridge.
South of the bridge I witnessed a prayer circle on the highway (that will be the subject of another upcoming post). After the prayer circle camp security came up to inform everyone that BIA had warned them that anyone out here could be charged with a federal crime. What that federal charge would be is unclear. Where we were standing I believe was on a state highway going through Army Corp of Engineer land.
The man in the center of the picture below is camp security, and was very polite as he passed the message on.
One more picture as I was leaving the site. The truck in the upper left hand side appears to be hauling concrete barriers, complete with #NoDAPL graffiti.
Up next in this series of posts will be a brief post about the prayer circle I witnessed south of the bridge.