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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Drenched With Water Cannons

Police sprayed Dakota Access pipeline protesters with tear gas and a water cannon in freezing weather Sunday night.

Police use a water cannon on protesters during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

The pipeline, which is already more than 70 percent completed, is a $3.7 billion project that would transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day across four states. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe see the pipeline as both an environmental and cultural threat to their homeland.

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Jets of water fall on the protesters.

Linda Black Elk, a member of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council of the Catawba tribe, said she treated protesters for injuries and hypothermia and that they were soaked by water in temperatures as low as 23 degrees.

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Police stand guard at barricades near the Standing Rock Reservation where thousands have amassed to protest the construction of the pipeline. Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Minneapolis Star Tribune via Zuma
A protester watches the confrontation with police from the sidelines. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by the protesters. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
A protester gets warm by a fire during the protest. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
An injured protester is given medical attention. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
A rubber bullet and an apparent rubber bullet wound are displayed during the protest. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
Police fire tear gas at protesters. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters
A horse gallops through the confrontation between police and protesters. STEPHANIE KEITH / Reuters