North Dakota officials: Protesters should leave federal land

North Dakota officials: Protesters should leave federal land

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the federal government must take the lead in any action to close land where thousands have camped for months in protest of the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

Others say they don't believe the Corps will force protesters off the federal land north of the Cannonball River on December 5, but that the government's letter put the protesters on notice and limits the Corps' liability.

County commission chairman Cody Schulz says he's thankful for the Corps' decision to close the land on December 5, but says it means nothing unless the federal law officers enforce it.

But the Standing Rock Sioux's tribal chairman says his numerous meetings with Kirchmeier have been tense and unproductive and that officers' use of rubber bullets, tear gas and water hoses on Sunday night and early Monday morning were an act of terror.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, a group that has supported protesters, called the Corps' decision to close the camp "short-sighted and unsafe", adding the agency should stop the pipeline's construction north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation if it wants to keep people safe.

Schulz also joined other officials in urging the Obama administration to make a decision on an easement that would allow the pipeline to complete boring under Lake Oahe.

Many believe that if the protesters can occupy the land until the new year, an expiring contract may cause the company to abandon their project.

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said Friday that 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. In what we can expect will be a violent spectacle, reminiscent of the violence we have already witnessed during this struggle, Indigenous people will once again be faced with forced relocation for the sake of white wealth. Part 327. In these areas, jurisdiction for police, fire, and medical response is better defined making it a more sustainable area for visitors to endure the harsh North Dakota winter.

Archambault says the letter cites the oncoming winter and confrontations between protesters and police.

"Our state and local law enforcement agencies continue to do all they can to keep private property and public infrastructure free from unpermitted protest activities, and its past time that the federal government provides the law enforcement enforce their own order to vacate", the Republican said.

"Our Tribe is deeply disappointed in this decision by the United States, but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever", he said.

The Corps' letter, according to Archambault, said that those who stay on the land after the deadline may be prosecuted, and that there'll be a free speech zone south of the river. He also called on the Obama administration to let work on the pipeline move forward, saying, "this hard situation has gone on too long and we need to get it resolved".