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By Victoria McKenzie (Aug. 16, 2021 10:28 p.m. EDT) — The American Indian National Congress has filed a brief in support of injured Dakota Access pipeline protesters who are suing the North Dakota Police Department, stating that excessive use of Violence poses a threat to all tribes fighting for recognition of treaty rights.

In a proposed amicus letter filed Friday, the NCAI asked a North Dakota federal judge to reverse summary judgment, saying law enforcement officials mislabeled the demonstrations as “riots” and “chaos” to attest to their “reprehensible” conduct justify.

According to the brief, Vanessa Dundon and the eight other named plaintiffs were unarmed and “did absolutely nothing to endanger the public…

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