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North Dakota governor calls on Guard to protect Bakken Pipeline

Armed Guardsmen will patrol checkpoint, not protest camp

Protesters stand on heavy machinery Tuesday after halting work on the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannon Ball, N.D. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen)
Protesters stand on heavy machinery Tuesday after halting work on the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannon Ball, N.D. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen)

MANDAN, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple activated the North Dakota National Guard in a limited role Thursday to support civilian authorities dealing with Dakota Access pipeline protests south of Mandan as a key court ruling looms.

The Guard’s adjutant general stressed that soldiers will not patrol the main protest encampment near Cannon Ball that has drawn hundreds from around the nation.

About a dozen armed Guardsmen will relieve officers at a traffic control checkpoint south of Manda. An additional 100 Guard members will be on standby, said Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann.

The move comes in advance of an expected ruling Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction to halt construction of the pipeline, which will cross the Missouri River less than a mile north of the tribe’s reservation.

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