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Bladen County intersection blocked by overturned log truck back open – Fayetteville Observer

ELIZABETHTOWN – A log truck overturned this morning in Bladen County at the intersection of N.C. 53 and N.C. 210, dumping its load and blocking the road for more than an hour, the Highway Patrol said.

It happened about 11:30a.m. near the Kelly community, Trooper K.L. McVicker said. The intersection was finally cleared about 1:15 p.m.

The truck, driven by Sonny Smith, 24, of Warsaw, was owned by an independent trucker, she said.

Smith was traveling south, taking the logs to a plant in Riegelwood, when he approached the intersection and was unable slow down quickly enough to stop, McVicker said.

“As he came up on it, he lost control of the truck and it overturned on its right side,” McVicker said.

Smith suffered only minor injuries.

Smith was cited for failing to stop for a stop sign.

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Wounded Knee Standoff Leader on Dakota Access Resistance: ‘There’s Fresh Energy Here’ – ColorLines magazine

Resistance to construction of the Dakota Access pipeline—a controversial oil pipeline extension that Standing Rock Sioux tribal members are currently protesting against despite a federal ruling—has grown into a movement supported by celebrities, other tribes and pioneering Native activists.

“My life is almost over, but there’s fresh energy here,” said Clyde Bellecourt to the Los Angeles Times, who reported on the scene from North Dakota Saturday (August 27). “Save the children—that’s what this is all about.”

Bellecourt co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the late 1960s, famously participating in the occupation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973. Another participant in that stand-off, Don Cuny, echoed Bellecourt’s sentiment about the pipeline protests by saying, “This kind of reminds me of back in Wounded Knee.” 

As the Times and Indian Country Media Today Network both noted, the legal and protest actions of the Standing Rock Sioux to stop pipeline construction has also received support from celebrities Shailene Woodley (“Divergent”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”). Supporters tweeted their solidarity with hashtags #RezpectOurWater, #NoDAPL and #NoDakotaAccess:

This movement represents so many messages outside of ourselves. A collective movement of unity and awakening. #NoDAPL #NoDakotaAccess

— Dani (@xodanix3) August 26, 2016

Bay Area stands in solidarity with Standing Rock #NoDAPL #NoDakotaAccess pic.twitter.com/JAFO9Vd0Di

— Sara Shor (@Sara_Shor) August 25, 2016

Black Lives Matter in solidarity with Standing Rock protectors. This makes me so happy. #NoDAPL #RezpectOurWater pic.twitter.com/M0nf53xRkT

— #NoDAPL (@N8VChey) August 29, 2016

Many Oceti Sakowin men and women (more commonly referred to as the Sioux) continue to risk arrest to protest the pipeline, with approximately 30 having been detained by police earlier this month. The tribe has also filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers in order to end construction. Last week, a federal judge said he would issue a decision by September 9. 

The resistance to prevent this leg of construction for the $3.7 billion oil pipeline reflects Native communities’ concerns about fuel transportation on or near reservation lands, the destruction of ancestral sites and excessive pollution of their main water source.

(H/t The Atlantic)

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