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Dakota Pipeline: Arrests Made of 74 'Rogue' Protesters Over New Camp

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Before and after pictures of arrests at camp near the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Screengrab via Twitter)

By    |   Friday, 03 Feb 2017 11:53 AM

The Dakota Access Pipeline area saw 74 arrests Wednesday after a group of protesters attempted to start an illegal camp on private land, causing concern among the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had been leading the opposition to the structure.

The tribe called the gathering "a rogue group of protesters" that tried to start a new camp against the wishes of the tribal council and district leaders, CNN reported. The tribe said it understood that the camps had to be vacated before the flooding season starts in early spring, according to a North Dakota Joint Information Center news released posted by KVLY-TV.

"As recently as (last) Sunday, ongoing dialogue between all parties including camp leaders from the various protester camps resulted in agreements to start cleaning up the camps, to have protesters leave the area and for steps by law enforcement to help de-escalate the situation and move the region back to normalcy," the statement said.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgam said in the state that despite the arrests, he wanted to try to find some agreement for "both sides to move forward and find common ground as steps are taken to ensure public safety and begin healing the relationships that are so important to the region and our state."

The final piece of the pipeline construction is awaiting approval from the U.S. Army, National Public Radio reported. President Donald Trump got involved when he signed a memorandum on Jan. 24 suggesting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expedite the review and approval process for the phase.

The phase is one of the most controversial of the more than 1,700-mile route, where the pipelines crosses under a portion of the Missouri River, north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The Army announced last month that it was still receiving information for an environmental impact assessment and would continue to accept public comment until Feb. 20.

North Dakota U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said, according to CNN, that he received word that the Army Corps will grant final approval and that congressional notification of it was "imminent."

The Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters in the hundreds have picketed the pipeline for months, blocking the route's path during mostly peaceful demonstrations, even though some faceoff with authorities have turned violent, CNN reported.

Pipeline supporters have argued that it would be an economic boost, bringing in $156 million in sales and income taxes to state and local governments while adding 8,000 to 12,000 construction jobs, according to CNN.

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