22 Jan 2017
Published January 22, 2017
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution by a unanimous vote to close the camps located on the banks of the Cannonball River: Oceti Sakowin Camp, Rosebud Camp and Sacred Stone Camp.
The tribe wants the encampments vacated by February 19, 2017.
While thousands have part of the encampments since last April, about 500 water protectors still remain. It is unclear on Saturday how many of those who remain will, in fact, leave.
There are several reasons why the tribal council voted to close the camps. Among the most urgent is the camps are located in a floodplain and the tribe needs time to ensure all debris leftover from the encampments will be eliminated prior to the rising water.
Here is the statement released by…
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