Dakota pipeline protesters ordered to leave camp by Dec. 5

A Standing Rock Sioux flag flies over a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota
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All members of the public, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will not be allowed on the land currently being used to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline after Dec. 5, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. Protesters will be able to move to a nearby "free speech zone," which the Corps said is easier for emergency services to access.

"This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protestors and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions," the Corps said in a statement. Anyone found in the area after the deadline date will be subject to arrest for trespassing.

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