Authorities to conditionally move from bridge near protest

In this photo provided by Nancy Trevino, protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline gather at and around a hill, referred to as Turtle Island, where demonstrators claim burial sites are located, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in Cannon Ball, N.D. The hill is across a body of water from where hundreds and times thousands of people have camped out for months to protest the construction of the four-state pipeline. (Nancy Trevino via AP)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota say they’ll move away from a bridge near the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp by Sunday afternoon if demonstrators agree to certain conditions.

A Morton County Sheriff’s Office news release details the conditions as outlined Saturday by Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, which he said are meant to de-escalate conflict.

They include staying in the Oceti Sakowin camp that’s south of the Backwater Bridge, coming to it only if there is a prearranged meeting with law enforcement and not removing barriers.

Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault and Gov. Jack Dalrymple have agreed to meet. Archambault told the Bismarck Tribune this weekend that he wanted the blockade on the bridge, damaged in late October during a protest, lifted.

Hundreds of veterans are due to gather Sunday on the reservation.


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