MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Red Warrior Camp spokesman Cody Hall says police tactics used Saturday are reminiscent of the Occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.
"They're trying to provoke a response, they're trying to provoke violence from our side. We have to deal with the militarized mindset of Morton County and North Dakota officials," said Hall.
More than 20 protesters have been arrested, but that number is expected to grow according to Morton County Sheriff's Office.
Charges include engaging in a riot and criminal trespass.
The Morton County Sheriff's Office has reported that law enforcement has used pepper spray in at least one instance but cannot provide details for how or why at this time.
Hall says protesters were not on private property but on a different plot of land not on construction sites. He says the arrests of 20 plus protestors is a violation of their first amendment rights.
Red Warrior camp sent out a tweet earlier saying, "It's time to think about not bonding out. ND corporate puppets need $ to feed, medicate & house inmates. Morton co isn't very big. Attrition."
Hall confirmed they are considering the strategy, saying "There's a strategy that's being developed to hit Morton County to make them pay out of pocket."