Dakota Access Pipeline activists ‘check in’ at reservation to throw off police

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In an effort to throw off law enforcement cracking down on protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota, several thousand supporters are “checking in” on social media to the nearby reservation.

The pipeline protest is centered around Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near where Native Americans, environmentalists and supporters have set up camp for the past few months to keep a 1,000-mile long oil pipeline from crossing through tribal lands.

After many arrests following last week’s protests, over the weekend “check-ins” on Facebook started popping up, with people posting they were at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Accompanying status updates explained why people who were clearly not in North Dakota were posting that they were. Some of those explanations said that by checking in it would “confuse” and “overwhelm” police. Read more…

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