BISMARCK, N.D. - We've showed you the cleanup effort at the Oceti Sakowin Camp and where the trash is being hauled. But how much is it costing, and who's paying for it?
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it estimates the cleanup to cost between $200-250,000, and they plan to pay the bill with donations.
The tribe's Department of Environmental Regulations says it's removing abandoned camp sites, and solid waste services have always been provided at the camp.
The tribe says donation funds from a Paypal link on the Standing Rock website will pay the cleanup costs.
Dakota Sanitation started the hauling effort, but the tribe says Standing Rock Sanitation Services and Jensen Rock and Sand are taking over.
The department director says she's disappointed the Morton County Sheriff's Department is looking through the camp's waste.
"I really think Morton County Sheriff's Department needs to continue to try to repair relations with the tribe instead of encouraging this continued discrimination. They're always looking for a chance to find fault and to cause blame to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to the water protectors by looking for for dead bodies in the debris. It's completely absurd," says Allyson Two Bears, director.
Two Bears says many protesters left belongings behind because of the winter storms.