Protesters believe they can stay on federal land

CANNONBALL, N.D. - Dakota Access pipeline protesters say they don't intend to leave their encampment in the near future.

Isaac Weston is a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe from South Dakota.

He was one of several people who spoke at a news conference Saturday in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to close land where hundreds have been camping for months.

Weston says indigenous people are the wardens of the land and the government can't remove them. He says they have a right to be there, and they are protecting the land and water.

Others say they don't believe the Corps will force protesters off the federal land north of the Cannonball River on Dec. 5, but that the government's letter put the protesters on notice and limits the Corps' liability.


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