The Oceti Sakowin protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. is pictured in this February 19, 2017 handout photo. North Dakota Joint Information Center/Handout via REUTERS
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The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.The Corps has told those who remain in the Oceti Sakowin camp that they needed to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday.Large-scale arrests are possible at the camp Wednesday, said Morton County sheriff's spokeswoman Maxine Herr, but she insists that's not want authorities want. Though law enforcement and state officials in the past said they wouldn't forcibly evict protesters, they now cite the coming threat of spring flooding as a safety issue that requires clearing the camp.Other camps are popping up on private land in the area, including one the Cheyenne River Sioux has set up about a mile from the Oceti Sakowin camp.Law enforcement for months has maintained a staging area just north of the protest camp.
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