North Dakota: No Ancient Artifacts or Human Remains Found on Pipeline Route

A DAPL protestor locks himself to construction equipment. August 31, 2016, North Dakota.  Desiree Kane [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A DAPL protestor locks himself to construction equipment. August 31, 2016, North Dakota. Desiree Kane [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A North Dakota chief archeologist stated in a draft memo that no Native American artifacts or human remains were found on a pipeline site despite the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s allegation that the site contains such items.

In Chief Archeologist Paul Picha’s draft memo published Monday by blogger Rob Port, he stated that seven archeologists found only animal teeth and some bone fragments while inspecting the 1.3-mile section of land along the Dakota Access pipeline route, which is now owned by the developers of the pipeline.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of other tribal members are protesting the pipeline route saying it would destroy sacred burial grounds and cultural artifacts as well as contaminate water supply.

North Dakota’s Historical Society and the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said they will not yet release the memo to the public as it is still an ongoing investigation.

Source:
ABC News