Latest: Extra officers head to North Dakota amid protests

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Posted: Oct 24, 2016 4:52 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Law enforcement officers from several states are heading to North Dakota to help authorities deal with the protest over the Dakota Access pipeline.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said at a news conference Monday that authorities put out a call for extra officers earlier this month.

Kirchmeier says departments from Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Indiana and Nebraska are sending officers.

The protesters, many of whom are Native Americans, have been demonstrating against the four-state pipeline for months. A group over the weekend set up tents and teepees on private property owned by the pipeline development. A sheriff's office spokeswoman said earlier Monday that Morton County doesn't currently have the manpower to remove them.

More than 260 people have been arrested since demonstrations began in August. Nearly half of those were arrested over the weekend during a large protest at a pipeline construction site.

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11:50 a.m.

Authorities say they won't immediately remove the Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who set up a camp on private land along the pipeline route in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey says authorities "don't have the manpower" currently to remove the more than 100 protesters who are trespassing.

The protesters said in a statement Sunday night that the land is theirs, according to an 1851 treaty. The camp of tents and teepees is in an area near where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it has found several sites of "significant cultural and historic value" and where protesters and private security clashed in September. It's near a larger camp that's been in place for months.

The company building the pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, bought the land last month for an undisclosed price.