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17 protesters arrested at North Dakota Capitol

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Authorities in North Dakota say they've arrested three more people in a demonstration at the Capitol in Bismarck over the Dakota Access pipeline.

Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson says the people refused orders to leave the governor's residence on the Capitol grounds. The arrests follow those earlier Thursday of 14 protesters who were sitting, chanting and singing in a wing of the Capitol and refused orders to leave.

Iverson says the 17 individuals face criminal trespass charges in Burleigh County. He says at one point about 100 demonstrators were massed on a residential street near the Capitol.

Their protest followed an interfaith day of prayer in the southern part of the state near the small town of Cannon Ball. Hundreds of clergy sang hymns and marched near the route of the pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux have demonstrated against the pipeline for months, saying they fear it could harm drinking water and construction could damage sacred sites.

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