Native Americans who opposed the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline were subjected to tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and strip searches. The Intercept reports that they were also heavily surveilled.
According to leaked documents, the international mercenary firm TigerSwan collaborated with police in at least five states and worked at the behest of Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline. Why are local and national government officials working with them? What are the legalities around a private mercenary firm targeting civilians? How pervasive is this?
Tara Houska, Native-American activist, tribal rights attorney, and national campaigns director with Honor the Earth
Will Parrish, award-winning investigative and environmental journalist
Stephanie Lacambra, criminal defense attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Outside: The Defender: Tara Houska