North Dakota Officials Plead With Last Protesters To Leave

North Dakota Officials Plead With Last Protesters To Leave

North Dakota Officials Plead With Last Protesters To Leave

About 200 protesters left peacefully, with another 56 being arrested over two days for defying the order to leave. "You can't arrest a movement". He said he didn't support people setting fires on sacred grounds, but understood people's emotions were high. Culturally significant structures like the tepees in the camp won't be destroyed.

North Dakota officials say a 17-year-old girl suffered severe burns in one of the fires and was flown to a Minneapolis hospital. Then, the governor issued his own executive order, followed by an evacuation order citing spring flooding as an expected safety issue.

Most of the protesters marched out of the area ahead of the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline imposed by the Army Corps of Engineers. "As much as they are tearing down, they are building". Police, says independent news outlet Unicorn Riot and others on the scene, began arresting people around 4, including journalists.

Most of those living at the camp left voluntarily, with many boarding state-funded buses to get access to hygiene kits, food and hotels.

Guardsmen and officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday, alongside numerous law enforcement and military vehicles and with a helicopter and airplane overhead.

Among those leaving was Linda Black Elk, who has called the camp home since April.

In an interview on CNN, Lt. Tom Iverson of the North Dakota State Patrol said that those who choose to remain at the encampment past the deadline would "be subject to arrest and fines".

"They are removing indigenous people from indigenous land". It was never given up, it was never purchased.

"I just hope all entities handle it gracefully, not forcefully", she said. "It's wrong to forcibly evict people _ again _ from their land".

The Oceti Sakowin camp in December where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball N.D
AP file The Oceti Sakowin camp in December where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball N.D

An estimated 25 to 50 people remained at the camp site after the evacuation deadline Wednesday afternoon. The arrests were a last resort, he said. "All of them are going to be out there fighting to hold their land".

Officers combed through remaining structures, such as this tent, while checking for protesters during Thursday's raid. The deadline was set to allow contractors "to accelerate the removal of waste from the camp", Burgum's office said in a statement.

"This is lovely North Dakota prairie", Burgum said. At its height, the camp included thousands of people, but the numbers had dwindled during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts.

Army Corps of Engineers eviction order.

Since last August, the Sioux tribes and environmental activists have been protesting plans by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners to build a 1,170-mile pipeline to transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day.

June Sapiel, an Indian American from ME, also rejected the idea that the protesters in North Dakota had failed. The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, whose reservation is downstream, say Dakota Access threatens their drinking water and cultural sites.

He said some will choose to leave the camp and some will choose to stay and everyone should do what feels right.

"It is so sad that we are watching this in the 21st century", said Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Council of American Indians and chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

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