Protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline burn sage amid the fog surrounding the protest camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)
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Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they are poised to remove about 200 protesters trying to halt the completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota after the demonstrators refused to leave private land owned by the pipeline company.Officers with county sheriff's offices, the state Highway Patrol and the National Guard asked protesters to move off the site on Wednesday morning and were rebuffed. Protests supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's opposition to the pipeline have been ongoing for months, with more than 260 people arrested so far in North Dakota.One notable clash came on Sept. 3, after construction crews removed topsoil from private land that protesters believe contained Native American burial and cultural sites.The tribe said protesters reported that six people were bitten by security dogs and at least 30 people were pepper-sprayed.
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