In pictures: Controversial Dakota Access oil Pipeline camp cleared

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Law enforcement officers advance into the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Law enforcement officers advance into the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters confront police from the surface of the frozen Cannon Ball River after being driven from the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters confront police from the surface of the frozen Cannon Ball River after being driven from the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Law enforcement officers cut open a shelter in the main opposition camp. Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting three dozen holdouts who had defied a government order to leave. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Law enforcement officers cut open a shelter in the main opposition camp. Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting three dozen holdouts who had defied a government order to leave. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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It took 3 ½ hours for about 220 officers and 18 National Guardsmen to methodically search the protesters’ temporary homes and arrest people, including a man who climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

It took 3 ½ hours for about 220 officers and 18 National Guardsmen to methodically search the protesters’ temporary homes and arrest people, including a man who climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters cross the frozen Cannon Ball River as they evacuate the main opposition camp. Native Americans who oppose the $3.8 billion pipeline established the Oceti Sakowin camp last April on federal land near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to draw attention to their concerns that the project will hurt the environment and sacred sites - claims Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters cross the frozen Cannon Ball River as they evacuate the main opposition camp. Native Americans who oppose the $3.8 billion pipeline established the Oceti Sakowin camp last April on federal land near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to draw attention to their concerns that the project will hurt the environment and sacred sites - claims Dallas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters embrace while evacuating the main opposition camp. The camp gained increased attention starting in August after its population had grown and authorities made their first arrests. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters embrace while evacuating the main opposition camp. The camp gained increased attention starting in August after its population had grown and authorities made their first arrests. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25, of San Bernardino, California. At its height, the camp included thousands of people, but the numbers had dwindled during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25, of San Bernardino, California. At its height, the camp included thousands of people, but the numbers had dwindled during the winter and as the fight over the pipeline moved into the courts. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Police detain a protester in the main opposition camp. The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Police detain a protester in the main opposition camp. The Army Corps of Engineers said it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding, and had ordered everyone to leave by 2 p.m. Wednesday. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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The agency said it was concerned about protesters’ safety and about the environmental effects of tents, cars, garbage and other items in the camp being washed into nearby rivers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

The agency said it was concerned about protesters’ safety and about the environmental effects of tents, cars, garbage and other items in the camp being washed into nearby rivers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Terrence Hubbard, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, evacuates as law enforcement officers move into the main opposition camp. Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp, but some stayed overnight in defiance of the government order. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Terrence Hubbard, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, evacuates as law enforcement officers move into the main opposition camp. Most protesters left peacefully Wednesday, when authorities closed the camp, but some stayed overnight in defiance of the government order. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Susanna Travis (left), from Grass Valley, California, embraces Timothy Powers, also from California, before evacuating the opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Susanna Travis (left), from Grass Valley, California, embraces Timothy Powers, also from California, before evacuating the opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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A protester washes mud from his truck before evacuating. As police in full riot gear worked to arrest the stragglers Thursday, cleanup crews began razing buildings on the square-mile piece of property at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

A protester washes mud from his truck before evacuating. As police in full riot gear worked to arrest the stragglers Thursday, cleanup crews began razing buildings on the square-mile piece of property at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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A protester records a video of police officers after evacuating the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

A protester records a video of police officers after evacuating the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Only one person resisted arrest; otherwise there were no major incidents, and there were no injuries, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Only one person resisted arrest; otherwise there were no major incidents, and there were no injuries, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Guardsmen and officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday, alongside numerous law enforcement and military vehicles and with a helicopter and airplane overhead. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Guardsmen and officers entered the camp from two directions shortly before midday, alongside numerous law enforcement and military vehicles and with a helicopter and airplane overhead. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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A burned car rests on its roof in the main opposition camp. The state sent a bus to the site on Thursday to transport anyone to Bismarck, where officials were doling out basic necessities, along with hotel and bus vouchers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

A burned car rests on its roof in the main opposition camp. The state sent a bus to the site on Thursday to transport anyone to Bismarck, where officials were doling out basic necessities, along with hotel and bus vouchers. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters watch law enforcement officers guard the edge of the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters watch law enforcement officers guard the edge of the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters hold a banner after evacuating the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters hold a banner after evacuating the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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Protesters salvage a banner as law enforcement officers advance into the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

Protesters salvage a banner as law enforcement officers advance into the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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A sign is seen in the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

A sign is seen in the main opposition camp. (Terray Sylvester/REUTERS)

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A backhoe rips through a wood structure to begin the cleaning up process at the Oceti Sakowin camp as law enforcement swept through the camp arresting the final Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in Morton County. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

A backhoe rips through a wood structure to begin the cleaning up process at the Oceti Sakowin camp as law enforcement swept through the camp arresting the final Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in Morton County. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

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Protesters watch as structures are burned at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp before a 2 p.m. deadline to vacate in Cannon Ball. A dwindling band of activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline remained camped along the banks of the Missouri River as a Wednesday afternoon deadline for them to leave had passed. (Nick Cote/NYT)

Protesters watch as structures are burned at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp before a 2 p.m. deadline to vacate in Cannon Ball. A dwindling band of activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline remained camped along the banks of the Missouri River as a Wednesday afternoon deadline for them to leave had passed. (Nick Cote/NYT)

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Two youths were injured at the camp Wednesday, apparently from the fires, officials said, including a teenage girl who was hospitalized with severe burns. (Nick Cote/NYT)

Two youths were injured at the camp Wednesday, apparently from the fires, officials said, including a teenage girl who was hospitalized with severe burns. (Nick Cote/NYT)

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Structures are burned at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp before a 2 p.m. deadline to vacate in Cannon Ball, N.D., Feb. 22, 2017. A dwindling band of activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline remained camped along the banks of the Missouri River as a Wednesday afternoon deadline for them to leave had passed. (Nick Cote/The New York Times) (Nick Cote/NYT)

Structures are burned at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp before a 2 p.m. deadline to vacate in Cannon Ball, N.D., Feb. 22, 2017. A dwindling band of activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline remained camped along the banks of the Missouri River as a Wednesday afternoon deadline for them to leave had passed. (Nick Cote/The New York Times) (Nick Cote/NYT)

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State authorities cited fears of flooding for the governor’s decision last week to order a mandatory evacuation of the site. (Nick Cote/NYT)

State authorities cited fears of flooding for the governor’s decision last week to order a mandatory evacuation of the site. (Nick Cote/NYT)

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