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Tribal leader: Pipeline opponents should go home

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CANNON BALL, N.D. -

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault says it's time for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to leave a camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota.
    
But many of the opponents who've been protesting for months are vowing to stay. They believe the four-state pipeline threatens tribal drinking water and cultural sites.
    
The Army has denied a permit for the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in the area. Archambault says the protest camp's purpose has been served and there's no need for people to stay in dangerous winter weather.
    
Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners could still prevail in federal court. Some opponents also fear President-elect Donald Trump could reverse the Army's decision.
    
But Archambault doesn't think there will be any developments for months.

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