"Officers also deployed pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the group of protesters who came across the water and camp at officers", the Sheriff's Department added. "The injustices done to Native people in North Dakota and throughout the country must be addressed". Hundreds then sang songs while they marched to a bridge that was the site of a recent clash between protesters and officers.
FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials also were at the site Wednesday near the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., north of the main protest encampment investigating reports of gunshots and a person being "hog-tied" and detained by an entity that called itself "camp security", according to the Morton County (N.D.) Sheriff's Office.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe considers the area its ancestral lands given via a treaty with the United States in 1868 but subsequently taken away in other USA actions to reduce Native American tribes' holdings.
"I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline".
Many Standing Rock Sioux oppose the pipeline's construction because they say it would taint their water supply from the Missouri River and destroy the sacred site and its artifacts. The movement faces an uncertain future after Election Day, since neither major party presidential candidate has explicitly spoken out about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The initial plan routed the pipeline across the Missouri River, which raised concerns about contaminating the drinking water for Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota.
Obama's remarks, however, were not welcomed by Morton County Chairman, Cody Schulz, who said he did not agree with the president's decision to allow the situation to play out.
The 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would carry oil from North Dakota to a shipping point in Patoka, Illinois, and would skirt the Standing Rock Reservation along the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
Several protesters standing in the river held mirrors directed at law enforcement officers lined up on the other side and at police on the river in boats. The Bismarck route also would have crossed an area considered by federal pipeline regulators as a "high outcome area", which is an area determined to have the most significant adverse consequences in the event of a pipeline spill. Law enforcement officers said the protesters were building an illegal, man-made wooden bridge across Cantapeta Creek to reach the land.
Meanwhile, documents have revealed that Native American artefacts found last month in North Dakota along the route of the pipeline were not reported to state regulators for 10 days.
Dave Archambault II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said the Army is examining the issue, though he echoed CREDO's calls for an immediate stop work order. "Officers responded and ordered protesters to remove themselves from the bridge and notified them that if they cross the bridge they would be arrested", Morton County Sheriff's Department public information officer Donnell Hushka said in a statement Wenesday regarding the incident. I think that my general rule when I talk to governors and state and local officials, whenever they are dealing with protests - including, for example during the Black Lives Matter protests - there is an obligation for protesters to be peaceful, and there is an obligation for authorities to show restraint.
"Those lands are federal lands".