“There was apparently a fire out of control or an explosion,” says Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota.
At a press conference Wednesday evening, the governor brought to tears speaking of the two children injured in what was meant to be a ceremonial fire.
“There was a 17-year-old woman who was severely burned and she’s been – understand she’s being airlifted to Minneapolis right now,” says Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota.
Also, present was a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers who says they are moving in to protect the land and the water. Tents, structures and potentially dangerous products remain at the camp.
“The primary reason for that is to prevent any further contamination of the Oahe reservoir which serves as the fresh water source for thousands of people and we’re going to continue to work with the state of North Dakota and Morton County to provide a permissive environment to get our contractors in there,” says (Col. John Henderson, Army Corps of Engineers.
Col. Henderson says it will cost up to 1.1 millions dollars to clean up the camp. The governor says they are simply doing their job. With about two dozen still left he says that it is not just the county and state that want protesters out.
“The tribe itself was seeking additional Bureau of Indian Affairs officers to help deal with all the challenges on the reservation,” says Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota.
About 25 people remain at the Ocseti camp. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to step in at 9 a.m. Thursday to begin restoring the land back to it’s normal state.