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Protester says camp closure will raise tensions

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An organizer of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline says he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to close land to demonstrators will escalate tensions.

Dallas Goldtooth is a protest organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. He says the government's apparent decision is "an atrocious example that colonization has not ended for us here as indigenous people."

The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says he received a letter from the Corps on Friday that said officials will close federal land where a large encampment is located on Dec. 5.

The letter says anyone on the property north of the Cannonball River after that date will be trespassing and subject to prosecution.

Goldtooth believes many people will chose not to move. He says protesters are building shelters and teepees to prepare.

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