Sen. John Hoeven, called on Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II to reduce “strained” relations between the tribe and North Dakotan communities and for Dakota Access protesters to leave their campsite on Army Corps of Engineers land.
This meeting comes in the same week as Rep. Kevin Cramer’s meeting with Archambault.
“If the tribe still opposes the project, their concerns should be addressed through the court system, rather than through protests that impede or interfere with the lawful construction of the project and the rights of people who live in the area to get to work or attend school,” Hoeven said Monday after meeting with Archambault.
Archambault has previously asked protestors to go home for the winter, but many still remain.
Standing Rock Fact Checker applauds both parties for meeting to discuss the lingering issues instead of resorting to more aggressive and illegal protest tactics. The onus is now on Archambault to continue to deescalate the situation by getting all protestors off federal land.