Tension is rising as law enforcement say protesters have drawn a line in the sand on Highway 1806 north of Cannon Ball.
Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney addressed the media this morning near the checkpoint at Fort Rice.
Protesters have formed a human barricade on Highway 1806 north of Cannon Ball.
They've also formed a new camp on private property nearby.
Laney said law enforcement visited that site this morning and asked them to leave the private proterty and head back to their man camps where they would't be bothered.
"You just have to leave the private property. They have said absolutely not going to leave. They're going to draw their line in the sand at 1806," said Laney.
Laney told media members, "the last thing North Dakota Law Enforcement wants is a confrontation, the last thing the state of North Dakota wants is a confrontation but we're having our hand forced at some point when you take over somebody elses property or somebody elses home who do you call? The cops."
Laney says he believes protesters want a confrontation.
"They just showed that right now. The exact words of one of their leaders, We will stand on the east side of 1806 and we will draw the line."
This morning the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. and actor and activist Mark Ruffalo visited the protest site on Highway 1806.
Ruffalo delivered a solar powered trailer to the camp site near Cannon Ball.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Harold Frazier, met with President Obama at a roundtable event held in Los Angeles today at a private home in Beverly Hills.
A release from the tribe says the president assured the chairman that federal monitors are on the ground in North Dakota acting as observers to ensure the rights of those protesting the pipeline are not violated.
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