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Highway 32 closed between Thief River Falls and St. Hilaire


At the request of the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 32 between Pennington County Road 7 and County Road 3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. today, July 23. The eight-mile stretch of roadway will remain closed until further notice.

The area has become extremely congested with people, campsites and many cars parked near the roadway. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure the safety of protestors and the traveling public. People in the area along Highway 32 will be permitted to leave the site, and residents of the area will be allowed access to their homes.

The Minnesota State Patrol and local law enforcement will be onsite to enforce the road closure. Motorists are encouraged to use County Road 17 as a detour. MnDOT and the State Patrol remain in close contact with Red Lake Nation tribal leadership, local law enforcement and other partners to evaluate the situation and determine when the road closure will be lifted.

Additional questions should be directed to the Minnesota State Patrol.


  1. inno smith on July 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    this statement from the cops is a complete lie. there were never any car blockages and no protesters in the roadway during the ceremony.

    the only congestion was caused by police vans full of riot cops and jail buses to take the peaceful protesters to jail for the weekend.

    a more accurate picture would read something like:

    “police needed the space to violently interrupt a sacred ceremony on treaty land and didn’t want anyone else to see it, then held a road block to cut off supplies like ice and water for the overheated and injured people they brutalized.”

    there’s lots of live streams on facebook if anyone’s curious to see what really happened. just look up Red Lake Treaty Camp.

  2. inno smith on July 25, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    the statement from police regarding the blockage is completely false.

    there were no protesters in the road, and all cars were parked far away on the other side of the ditch.

    the only vehicles blocking the road were buses full of riot cops and buses ready to take peaceful protesters to jail for the weekend.

    a more accurate statement would read something like:

    police closed the road to hold space to violently disrupt a peaceful, sacred ceremony and wanted to hide it from the neighbors, then held the road blocks to prevent supplies like ice and water to return to camp to provide aid for overheated and injured people there.

    there are many livestreams if you wanna see what really happened there that day. just look up red lake treaty camp on fb.

  3. Brenda Myhrer on July 25, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Just bring in the national guard and arrest all of them. Enough is enough I’m part indian let them do there job, I’d rather have it in the ground than being shipped by trucked or rail car. There is so much more devastation done to the land this way than by pipeline. Pipeline they have sensors that tell them if there is a leak and they fix it immediately.

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