Dakota Access Pipeline Protestors to Move Encampment Off Federal Land

The Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment in North Dakota has decided to move off of federal lands to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

An 8-5 vote by the tribal council decided that the encampment would be moved two miles south of its current camp to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land in order to build permanent structures that will keep protestors protected from the coming winter.

The current encampment is located near Lake Oahe on federal land in southern North Dakota, land that the protestors did not receive a permit to stay on.

Although the protestors did not have permits to camp on the federal land, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not evict them due to free speech reasons.

Chairman of the tribe Dave Archambault II said he hopes the move will happen soon.

ABC News