Tribes consider meeting with pipeline officials

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) – A tribal leader says protesters seeking to stop the Dakota Access pipeline are considering a possible meeting with pipeline representatives.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is a spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation. He told The Associated Press on Monday that leaders of seven tribal nations are deciding whether they will meet with representatives from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Looking Horse said tribal leaders would want any meeting to be on neutral ground. He said a meeting Wednesday in Bismarck is being discussed.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Energy Transfer Partners.

Opponents of the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline worry it will disturb cultural artifacts and threaten drinking water sources on the Standing Rock Sioux’s nearby reservation and downstream.

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