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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Evicted from Private Land

February 2, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Law enforcement have evicted about 40 Dakota Access pipeline opponents from a camp the protesters set up on higher ground near their flood-prone main camp in southern North Dakota.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Office says the camp was on private property owned by the pipeline developer. Protesters in Facebook posts described what they called the “Last Child” camp as “peaceful assembly.”

Sheriff’s spokesman Rob Keller says there were two initial arrests and no reports of injuries.

The main camp once housed thousands but is now down to about 300 people. The tribe has told those in camp to leave, and the camp is being cleaned up in advance of spring flooding season.

Protest spokesman Chase Iron Eyes couldn’t be reached for comment because his cellphone wasn’t accepting messages.

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