Over 20 people were arrested at a Native American prayer ceremony in North Dakota at the site of a protest against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Protesters claim while they were unarmed, police disrupted their gathering, confronting them with “military-style” equipment and armored vehicles.
“We had a powerful moment of prayer that you can see in my older video posted minutes before the video when the police blocked us in,” participant Thomas H. Joseph II wrote in a Facebook post.
"No threats, no vandalism, no violence was taken on our part,” he added.
“Officers arrested the protesters for various crimes including resisting arrest, criminal trespass on private property and possession of stolen property,” according to Valley News.
Around 21 people were taken into custody.
For months, hundreds of people have been protesting in North Dakota against the $3.7 billion huge oil pipeline will cross four states in the western United States, including Iowa, Illinois and North and South Dakota.
Running 1,168 miles, the DAPL will carry around 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
A part of the project is planned under the Missouri River and locals of the nearby tribal areas, including the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, fear it would contaminate their waterways and land.
This is the first time all Sioux groups have come together since the Great Sioux War of 1876 to protest anything, according to Jon Eagle Sr., the tribal historic preservation officer at the Standing Rock Reservation.