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Reports surface of serious injuries in Dakota protests

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>> They are shooting bullets, she's got bullet shots all over her. She's got welts from these bullets that are pretty significant.>> After the most violent clashes with police in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, more than a dozen Dakota Access Pipeline protestors have been hospitalized. Graphic images of injuries surfacing in social media, and the father of a 21-year-old protester telling reporters this week that police fired a concussion grenade at his daughter.
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>> And even though she's lying there with her arm pretty much blown off, she's focused on the fact that it's not about her. She's gonna have to undergo many surgeries. The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries.>> A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for surgeries to repair Sophia Wilansky's arm.
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The September decision by the Obama Administration to delay final approval for the pipeline has only caused increased tension between law enforcement and protestors with both sides decrying the actions of the other in recent days. Both sides pointing the finger this week, releasing statements detailing injuries suffered by police and demonstrators.
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Native American groups and environmental activists want construction of the pipeline stopped. If finished, their concern it could contaminate the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's water and desecrate tribal land. The pipeline was being built to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, allowing for easier transport to refineries along the Eastern seaboard.
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There is no official timeline for completion of the pipeline, the US Army Corps of Engineers are in talks with Native American leaders and are re-examining construction permits.