Editor's note: This updates with Mr. Crosson's clarification Friday that half of the NPS law enforcement force were from the U.S. Park Police.
A contingent of nearly two dozen National Park Service rangers and U.S. Park Police officers heading to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota are going at the request of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Tom Crosson, the Park Service's chief spokesman in Washington, D.C., said late Thursday that the tribe on January 30 "passed a resolution formally requesting support from Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement to assist with public safety and cleanup efforts on SRST land."
"In an effort to mitigate losses of critical resources on other tribal lands, Acting Secretary of the Interior Kevin Haugrud has directed the temporary deployment of personnel from across the department, including 22 National Park Service law enforcement and emergency services staff (and U.S. Park Police officers), to support the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council’s ongoing effort to maintain safety, monitor access, and support clean up and other tribal efforts on the reservation," Mr. Crosson said in a prepared statement.
The Park Service operation is pulling law enforcement rangers from throughout the agency's Midwest Region. The rangers are scheduled to arrive on Sunday and remain on site until March 6, according to a deployment document obtained by the Traveler.
The rangers were requested to arrive in marked patrol vehicles, and to bring tactical gear ranging from gas masks and riot gear to rifles, protective vests, and night vision goggles.