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Iron Eyes pleads not guilty to pipeline protest charge

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:02 p.m. CDT

MANDAN, ND – An American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has pleaded not guilty.

Chase Iron Eyes and 73 others were arrested Feb. 1 after setting up teepees on land that authorities say is owned by the pipeline developer. Protesters maintain they were peacefully assembling on land they believe rightfully belongs to American Indians.

Iron Eyes was also the endorsed Democratic candidate for congress from North Dakota last year.

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