Standing Rock Protest Eviction Reports (National Park Service)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # NPS-2017-00588
Est. Completion June 19, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Arrest reports for anyone taken into custody on February 22nd or February 23rd of 2017 in the area along the Cannonball River that was the site of the anti-Dakota Access pipeline protests. On the dates just mentioned an eviction of demonstrators took place. I would also like any Special Event Threat Assessment Reports, situational awareness reports, compilations of equipment or munitions to be used, any after action reports, any incident reports, and any post-operational briefings or memoranda to personnel concerning the eviction. I would also like any reports on the cleaning up of the protester camp, which came to be known as Oceti Sakowin. These would be reports dealing with what role the department would play in the clean up, and what methods were used.

As a member of the news media working for MuckRock News I request that a fee waiver for my request be granted. My work has also been published by national outlets. My work for Motherboard can be viewed at the following link: http://motherboard.vice.com/author/cwaltman

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: FOIA, NPS

Can you please clarify if you meant to submit this to the National Park
Service, or if you were intending it for the Bureau of Indian Affairs?

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Curtis Waltman

Ms. Wilson,

I was intending this request for the NPS. Reports such as this one (http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2017/02/updated-national-park-service-law-enforcement-rangers-being-called-standing-rock) indicate that the Park Service played a role in the eviction of protesters. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman
MuckRock News

From: FOIA, NPS

Thank you for the clarification. Your request has been routed to the US
Park Police FOIA Office for processing. They will contact you shortly to
provide you with a tracking number and an estimated response date. In the
meantime you can contact their FOIA Officer at:

*Janeen Tyson, USPP FOIA Officer*
*National Park Service*
*1100 Ohio Drive, SW*
*Washington, DC 20242*
*202-610-8759*

*uspp_foia@nps.gov <uspp_foia@nps.gov>*

Sincerely,

C.

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Waltman,

Your request, which was assigned tracking number NPS-2017-00588, was
reassigned to my office for processing after it was determined that the
Visitor and Resource Protection (VRP) staff were the ones with the majority
of the responsive records rather than the USPP. The VRP staff have
completed an initial search for responsive records, which are now pending
review.

However, in accordance with 43 CFR 2.15 the National Park Service processes
requests on a first-in, first-out basis within several processing tracks.
Based on the volume of potentially responsive records and the complex
nature of the information that the records relate to, your request has been
placed in the complex processing track. There are currently 4 simple, 34
normal, and 15 complex requests ahead of yours in my processing queue.

I apologize for the delay in getting this information to you.
Unfortunately, we received more than 100 requests in the weeks after the
inauguration approximately a third of which were from members of the media
who qualified for expedited processing. Since I completed processing of
those requests in April, I have been doing my best to work through the
requests, including yours, that were caught in the resulting backlog.

Please note, because we were not able to process your request within the
required twenty workday period you have the right to appeal. You may file
an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime between now and
the date we issue our final response. The appeal should be marked, both on
the envelope and the face of the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF
INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your
original request and copies of all correspondence between yourself and the
National Park Service related to this request, along with any information
you have which leads you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any
appeal received after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received
on the next business day.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: FOIA, NPS

I will be out of the office on June 16 and will not be checking email or voicemail.  I will respond when I am back in the office on June 19, 2017.
Sincerely,
C.
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____________________ Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO  80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov (mailto:charis_wilson@nps.gov)

From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Waltman,

As noted previously your request has been placed into the complex
processing track. At this time there are 5 simple, 33 normal, and 14
complex requests ahead of yours in my processing queue. Unfortunately, at
this time I am unable to either estimate how long it will take to complete
the processing on the requests ahead of yours or to provide you with an
estimate as to how long it will take to process the materials responsive to
your request. As previously noted, because we were unable to process your
request within the required 20 workdays, you have the right to file an
appeal.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

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