>> When police entered camp today they encountered about a dozen protesters who linked arms right at the base of the hill on the north, on northern edge of the camp. After initial arrests before noon, National Guard soldiers and police slowly moved through the main camp checking structures, in some cases, cutting into the walls of tents to look inside.
But basically slowing moving through camp, pushing people toward the Cannonball River, and the south edge of the camp itself. The final arrest that I saw today occurred next to a sweat lodge, which is sacred to many of the Native people who've been participating in this movement for the last several months.
National Guard and police approached several protestors who were standing right next to the lodge, moved around the lodge, looked inside it, and then led those protestors away in handcuffs. When I arrived in camp this morning none of the fires that were lit yesterday by protestors were still burning.
Some of those fires were still smoldering and if you stood in the wrong place in camp you would get a whiff of acrid smoke. Their mood is mixed, many of them tell me that they feel sad and that they feel hurt. Other protestors tell me that they're feeling angry.
That especially for Native people who have been asserting that the main camp was located on land that should have been theirs according to treaties signed in the 1800s. They feel that this is a repeat of history.>> You are all puppets of the Trump administration.>> Oceti Sakowin camp is empty of protesters for the first time since people initially began camping there in August.