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Live Blog: ‘Water Protectors’ Brace for Violence as Authorities Prepare to Disband Camp

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:44
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    A teepee burns at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, North Dakota. (Donald Kaufman / Truthdig)

9:26 a.m. PST: Kaufman says the Bureau of Indian Affairs is blocking the only road that provides access to the camp. “The guy wouldn’t talk to me and grabbed me to push me in the car,” Kaufman says. “When I was asking him questions he said he was from BIA” and “refused to give a reason” for blocking the road.

9:00 a.m. PST: A teepee burns at Oceti Sakowin Camp. Kaufman says the campers burned it in keeping with tradition.

8:50 a.m. PST: Kaufman says people are calm in the camp. The eviction is planned fro 2 p.m.

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Reporting from the Oceti Sakowin encampment in North Dakota, Truthdig contributor Donald Kaufman says authorities are preparing to forcibly disband the site where unarmed, indigenous “water protectors” and their allies are resisting efforts to install the Dakota Access pipeline.

Follow developments from Kaufman and others here.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly

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