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People bringing supplies to pipeline protesters face $1000 fine

People bringing supplies to pipeline protesters face $1000 fine

The emergency evacuation order, signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple on Monday, cites a snow blizzard as the reason for enforcing the removal of the Oceti Sakowin camp.

North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman penned a letter to President Barack Obama today requesting an immediate meeting to "demand accountability for (the) alarming treatment of Water Protectors and peaceful demonstrators at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota".

Protesters say construction of the pipeline, which would transport around 500,000 barrels of crude oil across four states each day, would not only pollute a major water source, the Missouri River, but disturb ancestral burial and prayer sites.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access December 5, including the camp.

"We are in for the long haul", said Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Over the months of protest, the tribe has been joined by multiple groups and activists. Neither the governor's office nor the army have said that they will use force to remove the protesters. "It just escalates and causes more concern for safety for everybody".

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

The Obama administration has called upon the pipeline's owners to reroute it, in order to bypass the disputed land.

It said it would allow a "free speech zone" across the Cannonball River, just south of the existing protest camp.

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".

In the past week, hundreds of U.S. military veterans have arrived with the goal of "protecting the protesters", a Marine Corp veteran told Stars and Stripes.

"If there was one group in this country that adequately and thoroughly represents the military, it is the Native American people", he said.

"Veterans Stand for Standing Rock" plans to gather Sunday through Wednesday and form a "human shield" around the demonstrators.

The Republican says the state "is not going to have roadblocks and we are not going to be stopping people" because it would be a "huge mistake from a humanitarian viewpoint".

Only about 8% of those arrested come from North Dakota, with almost a quarter coming from the West Coast, according to arrest figures from Morton County.