In North Dakota, authorities have set Wednesday as the deadline for the dwindling number of protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline to clean up and go home.
At the main protest camp, a massive cleanup effort has been underway. Semi trucks have been hauling debris out of camp and people here are piling garbage into bags.
“It looks like a trash pile. But it’s getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together,” says Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as she sorts through abandoned goods.
The Army Corps wants protesters out so it can clean up its land before the river thaws and floods the camp. Some protesters are moving to higher ground nearby on the Standing Rock reservation. But there is concern that after months of violent protests, it may take law enforcement to remove those who won’t budge.
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