Tribal leader calls for boycott over pipeline
The leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota is calling for all opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to boycott businesses in North Dakota’s capital, a move Bismarck’s city administrator says is uncalled for and disappointing.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted in September to not spend money in Bismarck and neighboring Mandan, and Chairman Harold Frazier at the time called on all tribal members to join the effort. This week, he sought to broaden the boycott to make a statement against what he calls “heavy-handed, illegal and violent oppression” of people who have protested against the pipeline for months.
Authorities maintain that not all protesters have been peaceful and described some protest events as “riots.”
Bismarck City Administrator Keith Hunke said Friday the boycott is disappointing, given that the city’s businesses are not involved in the dispute over the $3.8 billion pipeline that is intended to carry North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois.
He said businesses have not been affected by the boycotts.
The Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes are fighting the project because they fear it will harm drinking water and cultural sites. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that and says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois will be safe.
Nearly 575 protesters have been arrested since August in the Bismarck-Mandan area and at the main protest camp about 50 miles south of the city, including about 40 at a Bismarck mall on Friday. Police said protesters gathered for a prayer at Kirkwood Mall, and some refused to leave a Target store when ordered to do so.
— Associated Press
Woman makes good on errant meal invitation
An Arizona woman who accidentally texted a stranger an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner made good on her offer, greeting the teen visitor with a hug and an oven full of food after their story swept through social media.
Wanda Dench prepped two turkeys and set up a long table in the back yard of her suburban Phoenix home Thursday before she and her family headed outside to wait for Jamal Hinton, 17, the Arizona Republic reported.
“I’m so happy you came,” Dench said as they embraced.
“I am, too,” Hinton said.
The mix-up happened after Dench included what she thought was her grandson’s number on a group text last week inviting relatives to dinner. But he had changed his number and forgot to tell her.
Instead, the text went to Hinton. They realized the mistake after the two exchanged pictures, but Hinton asked whether he could “still get a plate.” Dench responded, “Of course you can. That’s what grandmas do.”
— Associated Press
University will pay $2.4 million in fines
Pennsylvania State University said Friday that it will accept and pay the record $2.4 million in fines the U.S. Department of Education levied this month for hiding or failing to properly classify and report campus crime.
The fines covered violations that occurred between 1998 — when the first complaint surfaced that Jerry Sandusky had abused young boys — through 2011, when the former assistant football coach was indicted and former university officials were accused of conspiring to cover up his abuse. But many of the violations had nothing to do with Sandusky, sex crimes or the athletic program.
Ex-convict arraigned in slaying of officer
An ex-convict was arraigned on murder charges Friday in the death of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while trying to arrest the man.
“This case strongly illustrates the dangers that police officers face every minute of every day,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
DeAngelo Davis, 31, is accused of shooting Wayne State University Officer Collin Rose on Tuesday. Davis was arraigned on first-degree murder, murder of a police officer and gun charges, and ordered jailed without bond.
— Associated Press