Army Corps won't forcibly remove pipeline protesters from federal land

Casey Mills
December 1, 2016

But in a statement issued late Sunday, the Corps said it "has no plans for forcible removal".

Archambault noted that the evacuation order, which the governor said he issued for the campers' well-being in the face of risky winter weather, came a week after police turned water hoses on protesters in sub-freezing temperatures.

"We've never had a situation like this before", North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong said.

According to the Morton County Sheriff's Office, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants all people camping on its property north of the Cannonball River to leave by December 5.

"It's part of our due diligence". "It's now time for the federal government to live up to its obligations" said Schulz.

"We have relied on faith and prayer to get us through things like this". I'm sure conditions are not good out there.

"That's what I'm hoping, or at least cut the number of them", he added.

The protests have drawn thousands of Native Americans and activists to a rural camp outside Cannon Ball - a town in south-central North Dakota, near the South Dakota border - and have set off a firestorm on social media.

Those who stay could face prosecution for trespassing, the Corps said in a letter to tribal leaders on Friday.

The letter was sent after a protester's arm was severely injured by a concussion grenade that protesters contend was thrown by local law enforcement.

In a statement, he said the protesters' temporary dwellings have yet to be inspected and approved - failure to do so posed serious public safety and concerns.

Tribal Chairman Cave Archambault II issued a statement blasting the Corps, but didn't say exactly how the tribe would respond.

The notice prompted an array of criticisms and vows by protesters and their supporters to stay.

WHATEVER the final result of the huge, long-running protests by native Americans against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the demonstrations will surely be remembered as a landmark in relations between organised religion, Christianity in particular, and indigenous people. "We're here to protect this country inside of it, too". "They're the ones who are using weapons". Is it the United States continuing to invest in fossil fuels, even when climate change is a threat? Talk to you later.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has argued for months that the pipeline will put its water supply and cultural sites at risk.

Protest leaders suggested a forced evacuation could prove more risky to the activists than staying put. "Clearly the responsibility of clearing that land now lies primarily with the Corps".

President Obama revealed that the army was considering an alternative route for the project, but Kelcy Warren, chief executive of the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, told the Associated Press that it would not consider a different route.

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According to a Facebook event created by the Riverbed Story Collective, the rally will be from 3 to 6 p.m.at Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St. NW.

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