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North Dakota Governor Orders Pipeline Protesters to Leave, Citing Winter Weather

North Dakota Governor Orders Pipeline Protesters to Leave, Citing Winter Weather

A group of USA military veterans said they had organized about 2,000 people who planned to arrive at the protest site on December 4, to serve as "human shields" organizers told The New York Times.

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In a recent letter to Dave Archambault, the Standing Rock Sioux's tribal chairman, was informed that the land north of the Cannonball River would be closed off to public use.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued Monday a "mandatory evacuation" for the camp "to safeguard against harsh winter conditions".

It would cut through the Sioux Tribe's reservation, and the tribe says it could potentially destroy sacred lands and prevent access to clean drinking water.

"Those who remain will be considered unauthorized and may be subject to citation under federal, state, or local laws", the Army Corps said, adding that enforcement of the order was up to local authorities.

"We have lived for generations in this setting".

What that means, she says, is "if delivery trucks are observed going into the evacuation area they will be notified that they are guilty of the infraction and could receive up to a $1,000 fine if they continue". "This is treaty territory, and no one else has jurisdiction there".

"We're in the heart of winter now. To even think of a forced removal is terrifying", said Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with Indigenous Environmental Network, who estimated there were around 5,000 people in the camp.

North Dakota's Governor has ordered protesters to vacate and sheriff's deputies will enforce the order, Herr said.

In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff's Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps - including deliveries of food.

On Monday, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the region where the protests were taking place.

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that and says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and IL will be safe.

Earlier this month, the Army Corps of Engineers said it needed more information before it could decide whether to allow the pipeline to cross the river at the planned location.

The action against the pipeline has ignited local and worldwide solidarity and attracted more than 300 Native American tribes from across the U.S.in a show of unity that is being called historic.