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Vets' official: Elders ask for no confrontation

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An organizer with the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock has told a gathering of veterans near the Dakota Access pipeline protest site that elders have asked they have no confrontations with authorities.

Organizer Wes Clark Jr., the son of former Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark, spoke to about 250 veterans Sunday afternoon.

State authorities have said they talked with the veterans group and will move away Sunday afternoon from the Blackwater Bridge that's north of the Oceti Sakowin camp on federal land if protesters agree to certain conditions.

Wes Clark Jr. spoke of that agreement, saying the National Guard and law enforcement have armored vehicles and are armed.

He added: "If we come forward, they will attack us."

The group had said about 2,000 veterans were going to the camp, where several hundred people have for months protested the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline, but it wasn't clear how many actually arrived.

Clark asked veterans to help out anyone who needs it at camp.

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