Posted: Aug 7, 2013 8:35 PM by MTN News
Police arrested 19 members of the Nez Perce Tribe Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after they refused to break a human chain blocking a highway in Idaho in protest against a 322-ton load of equipment bound for the tar sands of Alberta, Canada.
The blockade by more than 250 mostly Native American protesters halted travel of a so-called megaload for two hours.
The Nez Perce Tribe said they staged the protest to oppose the shipment of massive oil refinery equipment along wild stretches of two prized Idaho rivers - the Clearwater and the Lochsa - and through Nez Perce and protected federal lands.
The 19 Nez Perce activists who were arrested by Tribal Police on Tuesday were later released on bail. The megaload resumed its journey after the protest.