2 More Dakota Access Protest Camps Close; Only 1 Left

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, photo, debris is piled on the ground awaiting pickup by cleanup crews at the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in southern North Dakota near Cannon Ball. The camp is on federal land, and authorities have told occupants to leave by Wednesday, Feb. 22 in advance of spring flooding. (AP Photo/Blake Nicholson)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two of the remaining three Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camps in southern North Dakota have shut down.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently told the Sacred Stone and Black Hoop camps on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that they were trespassing on tribal land.

BIA spokeswoman Nedra Darling says people have left the camps, largely without incident. The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe has leased private land nearby for a camp, but it’s unclear how many people are there.

Authorities last week cleared out and shut down the main protest camp, which was on federal land just north of the reservation. That camp had at times housed thousands of people who often clashed with police. There were about 750 arrests in the region since August.

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