Native American tribes have been banned from protesting on their own land, it has been reported.
A non-violent protest has been held by the Sanding Rock, Rose Bud and lower Brule Sioux, tribes has resulted in a North Dakota federal court prohibiting indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.
The ban comes after Dakota Access, developer of the Bakken pipeline filed a report claiming that the protest threatened the safety of workers and police officers.
Despite the fact that there had been no reports of violent confrontation with police or otherwise, the court judgement gave the green light for police officers to forcibly remove the Native American protesters from their own reservation.
When police officers turned up, they also set dogs on the demonstrators in an attempt to disperse them.
The Bakken pipeline is 1,134-mile long underground oil pipeline project for crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota, through South Dakota, Iowa and end in Patoka, Illinois. It is even more unpopular than the KXL pipeline, a similar project in the area that is collecting crude oil.
Development of the pipeline would run through Native American sacred sites, and water sources, such as the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.