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North Dakota Pipeline Protest Turns Violent After Native American Burial Grounds Allegedly Damaged


A protest over a $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after Native American tribal officials accused construction crews of destroying burial and cultural sites on private land in North Dakota.

Four security guards and two guard dogs were injured after protesters confronted construction crews on Saturday at the site outside of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. One security officer was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, and the two guard dogs were taken to a Bismarck veterinary clinic, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey.

Protesters said six people were bitten by the guard dogs, including a young child, and at least 30 people were pepper sprayed, tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said, the Associated Press reported. Preskey said police officers had no reports of injuries.


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