BIA Law Enforcement to Assist Closing of Protest Camps; Army Corps will Close Camps by Feb. 22
February 6, 2017
WASHINGTON – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has requested assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to close the encampments where tens of thousands have visited and lived since last year. At issue is the camps are in flood plains and tribal officials are warning the 500 people still there that the spring thaw will cause the land where the encampments are situated to be under water.
The tribe has asked those still there to leave prior to February 16, 2017 as work has to be done to ensure the land is cleared of all debris.