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Pipeline protesters gather outside Portland Army Corps of Engineers building overnight

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A group of activists made camp outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Lloyd District late Monday night to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Campers said they are specifically protesting the recent order that activists must clear out of encampments blocking the work of the pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota by Dec. 5.

Protesters said many other demonstrations are being staged at Army Corps of Engineers offices all throughout the country.

Local Native Americans and those with deep ties to North Dakota have helped lead the Portland movement against the pipeline. One leader said the Portland camp is symbolic of the Standing Rock protest.

"They are camped out on Army Corps of Engineers' land currently, so we felt like ti would be appropriate to come out and camp out on the Army Corps of Engineers' steps."

The Dakota Access Pipeline would span from North Dakota to Illinois, and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe contends construction of the pipeline will destroy burial sites, prayer sites and affect its drinking supply.

Similar protests have been held throughout Oregon over the past several months, including one held in downtown Portland earlier in November which was attended by hundreds. 

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