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Tribal Chair: Army Corps to Close Dakota Pipeline Protesters' Camp

Tribal Chair: Army Corps to Close Dakota Pipeline Protesters' Camp

(AP)

Friday, 25 November 2016 10:32 PM

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close the area where people have been camping for months to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Dave Archambault says he received a letter from the Corps on Friday which says all lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed Dec. 5.

Representatives from the Corps didn't immediately return messages seeking comment and verification of the letter.

Archambault says the land to be closed includes the Oceti Sakowin camp, a sprawling encampment on Army Corps land about 50 miles south of Bismarck.

Archambault says the letter indicates a free speech zone will be allowed south of the Cannonball River. He says he's disappointed in the Corps' decision and is asking pipeline opponents to continue to fight the pipeline's permitting process.

Police in Bismarck made more than 30 arrests when opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline protested at a busy mall on Black Friday.

Authorities say protesters gathered for a prayer at Kirkwood Mall, and some refused to leave the entrance to a Target store when ordered to leave the private property.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest shopping days of the year.

The $3.8 billion pipeline is to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others fear it will threaten the tribe's drinking water and American Indian cultural sites.

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that and says the pipeline will be safe.

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