Morton County Sheriff's Department says DAPL protesters are erecting unlawful structures

Published: Nov. 18, 2016 at 1:34 PM CST
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The Morton County Sheriff's Department says Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are illegally erecting structures at a camp north of the Cannon Ball River on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' land.

The Department's says photographs show people living at the camp getting ready for winter by constructing temporary and permanent structures without a permit.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent out a release on Sept. 16 saying a Special Use Permit requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use Federal lands managed by the Corps near Lake Oahe would required the Tribe to apply for additional permission to build temporary or permanent structures within areas identified in the permit.

Law enforcement urge those in the protest camps to understand that North Dakota winters are harsh with sub-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills.