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Federal government moves to close protest camps

In addition, the Bureau of Indian Affairs pledged its support in helping the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe close the protest camps within its reservation boundaries.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., lauded the federal government for its assistance.

“After the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe requested BIA support, this federal assistance is a step in the right direction,” she said. “But our work isn’t done, and I’ll keep pushing with the governor and the rest of the delegation for financial assistance for state and local law enforcement agencies and for the manpower to guarantee everyone stays safe.”

The Oceti Sakowin camp is being closed in anticipation of flooding that could cause injury and environmental damage, according to the corps. 

“Because of record snowfall and long periods of frigid temperatures in the Bismarck and Fort Yates area this year, there is a high potential for flooding at the mouth of the Cannonball River from spring runoff and ice jams,” according to a statement released by the corps. “Much of the land where the protest camps are currently located is directly in an area prone to flooding in years with heavy plains snowpack.”   

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