No score yet as we go out to Custer, the Wildcats hosting Lead-Deadwood. On the 1st and 10 for Custer on the 11 yard line. Josias Ballard on the quarterback keeper. He runs 89 yards all the way down to the end zone for the Wildcat touchdown. They'd go for 2, but the Golddiggers get the stop. The Wildcats have the 6-0 lead.
Lead-Deadwood now, quarterback Zach Murray looking for something, but gets sacked by Forrest Lewis and Jordon Snyder.
Custer again, Ballard hands it off to Micaiah Grace who bullies his way into the end zone for the touchdown.
The Wildcats going for 2 again, Ballard makes the pass to Forrest Lewis, and the Custer Wildcats take the 14-nothing lead early in the game.
Lead-Deadwood would come back for the win, 20-14 the final score.
By Jeff Bahr
by Jeff Bahr
The cliches of old TV shows are reassuring. They rely on rigid formulas, tired phrases and familiar plot devices.
That’s why I love them, because I know what’s coming.
In old TV shows, somebody is always getting stuck in quicksand or coming down with amnesia. Rattlesnakes spook horses at the worst possible moment.
On almost every spy show, people crawl through air vents to make it to safety.
In television law enforcement, the hero doesn’t go by the book. He plays hunches and does what his gut tells him to do. When things look hopeless, he comes up with one inspired idea. “It just might work,” says this week’s guest star.
Every viewer knows that a late-night meeting at a warehouse is a bad idea. “It’s a setup,” we say to ourselves. “It’s a trap.”
I love shows where cops are always running background checks, turning up material witnesses and saying, “Take him downtown and book him.” Officers often talk about how many years they’ve been on the force and complain about the creeps in Internal Affairs.
Somebody is always saying, “You’ll never get away with it,” and people are forever turning state’s evidence.
My world is full of grumpy but lovable sergeants who bark that they want a report on their desk first thing Monday morning and where rules are made to be broken.
The force just wouldn’t be the same without the star of the show. He might be a renegade detective, but we love him.
On Westerns, everyone looks down their nose at bounty hunters. The worst thing you can say on a Western TV series is “I’m a bounty hunter.”
In the Old West, a range war is always about to break out. Around the chuckwagon, everybody gives the cook a hard time about his coffee.
On “Bonanza,” no woman who falls in love with a Cartwright lives very long.
Before that happens, there’s a lot of courting. My wife recognizes a body of water on the show, which she calls Little Joe’s pond.
“He’s always wandering around there with some girl,” she says.
On “Gunsmoke,” a huge number of gunfights break out at the Long Branch. I don’t know why Miss Kitty puts up with it.
Every time a guy gets shot, Matt says, “How bad is it, Doc?” It’s usually pretty bad.
A lot of dead bodies pile up in Dodge. I hope Matt carries a shovel with him. Keeping the peace in Dodge is an extremely tough job.
On “The Virginian,” every town Trampas visits is corrupt. Refusing to stand for it, he gets the townsfolk all riled up and sends the tyrant packing.
Meanwhile, Medicine Bow and Virginia City are known for having great law enforcement. They have a tradition of great sheriffs.
When a guest star shows up at Shiloh looking for work, The Virginian automatically says, “We can always use an extra hand.”
On “The Rifleman,” Lucas McCain kept North Fork clear of crime. Micah was just a figurehead.
Steve McGarrett is determined to rid “this rock” of crime on “Hawaii Five-O.” He often needs snipers to finish the job, which saves him the bother of having a trial.
“Petticoat Junction” is always about one of Uncle Joe’s hair-brained schemes. Either that or mean Mr. Bedloe is trying to shut down the Cannonball.
On “McMillan and Wife,” Sally is always getting kidnapped.
At the conclusion of each show, they tie up loose ends when she says, “Mac, there’s one thing I still don’t understand.”
The stars of “Police Woman” and “Charlie’s Angels” are constantly going undercover, either as cocktail waitresses or models.
On “Perry Mason,” the people Perry defends are always innocent.
On “The Andy Griffith Show,” Barney has laid-back evenings. He’s going to head home, “have me a little nap and then go on over to Thelma Lou’s and watch a little TV.”
Watching “Starsky and Hutch,” you can tell Starsky has a lot of fun sliding on the hood of his car.
One of the most intense cops on television is T.J. Hooker, played by William Shatner. Recently, I heard Hooker snap, “No street cop needs a computer to tell him that!”
Hooker is a man who believes in hunches, trusts his gut and frequently gets in trouble with the boys in Internal Affairs. But, like all TV cops, he gets results.
SPEARFISH | Police are investigating a Sunday night armed robbery at the Phillips 66 gas station and convenience store near Interstate 90’s exit 8 — the second armed robbery in Spearfish in the past two weeks.
According to Spearfish Assistant Police Chief Curt Jacobs, three suspects entered the store shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday with their facial features and heads covered. One subject was observed holding what appeared to be a handgun and the suspects demanded money, then left the business with an undisclosed sum of cash and merchandise.
“It was a pretty quick in and out,” Jacobs said Monday morning.
Spearfish Police and Lawrence County Sheriff’s office investigators were conducting interviews and viewing surveillance video Monday in an attempt to identify the vehicle in which the thieves fled the scene, he said. One witness reported seeing a later model white sedan with a convertible top in the vicinity shortly after the robbery, Jacobs said.
The business is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in the robbery, Jacobs noted. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Darin Pedneau with the Spearfish Police Department at 642-1300.
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the Oct. 8 robbery of Fresh Start Valley Corner store in which two suspects armed with a knife robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing.
One suspect was described as 6-foot-1, with a medium to heavy build, wearing a green hooded sweatshirt jacket and blue jeans, and a cold weather-type mask to cover his face. The other was described as 5-foot-9, medium build, wearing a blue hooded winter jacket and blue jeans.
“We’re certainly looking at what’s going on here,” Jacobs said. “It’s not normal for us, fortunately, and we’re looking to see if there are any similarities between the two.”
DEADWOOD — The $2,168.75 raised at the 12th annual Empty Bowls event Wednesday night at the Deadwood Social Club helps fill the bill for a much-needed tri-town mission, with the proceeds being split down the middle to benefit the Spearfish Food Pantry and the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead, which also serves Deadwood.
An eagerly-awaited annual event that warms the heart, tempts the taste-buds and satisfies the soul, Empty Bowls served up five delectable homemade soups and included the choice of one of 150 handcrafted pottery bowls handcrafted by Lead-Deadwood and Spearfish High School students, as well as local artists, with each paid admission.
Diligent in her dedication to and sponsorship of the event by donating 60 gallons of soup, all the fixin’s and staff time for more than a decade, Deadwood Social Club/Saloon No. 10 owner Louie Lalonde said she believes Empty Bowls is a very important event for the community.
“It’s an opportunity for everyone to give to those who need some extra help,” Lalonde said. “As I was out delivering posters to be put up around town, I spoke to a bartender who told me he would do anything he could to help promote this event. He said, ‘I was in dire straits and the Lord’s Cupboard saved me one winter.’ It could be anybody. It’s a time for all of us to give.”
For the past eight years, Jerry and Elise Rawlings have orchestrated Empty Bowls, coordinating the creation of the 300 or so bowls required to meet the demand of attendees each October.
“I think it’s such a great project, as far as supporting the community and the community has come to expect it, as well,” Jerry said. “Between the artisans making bowls, people donating their time tonight and the BH photography club, which holds a silent auction each year, I have no idea how many people volunteer and I think that’s cool.”
Two other Lead-Deadwood High School attendees in the junior class, who spent ample time picking out just the right bowls thought the event was cool, as well.
“The bowls are cool. Soup is cool and donating the money to people in our community who need it is cool,” said Ember Adkins.
“I think it’s really cool to be able to attend and help those who need it,” said Lily Keehn.
The featured soups included: leek and lentil, spiced pumpkin, chicken noodle, five bean chili and southwest vegetable.
Sous Chef Adam Albright said the soup making began Tuesday.
“I like the fact that all the money goes back into the community with the food pantry,” Albright said, between servings.
The 5-gallon pot of five bean chili was the first to disappear.
“I started making it on Monday,” said sous chef Taylor Ballard. “I fresh ground all the beef here. I wanted to make sure it was good for everybody. I like complex flavors — savory, sweet and spicy all in one bite. The cinnamon is what pulls it all together.”
All were absolutely delicious, sending attendees back for bowl after delectable bowl.
Lalonde said that this year, the Gem Steak House donated soup for the event, as well.
Because the event has grown so large and their ability to dedicate ample time to the event has grown smaller, the Rawlings have decided to step back and allow another someone or something to take Empty Bowls over next year.
“This is our last year,” Elise said. “We’re seeking to give the event back to the community, so it has the community awareness it once had … after eight years, it’s time for that to happen. As much as we love the event and will continue to support it for the rest of our lives, it needs the community. It needs that type of involvement. It needs to get back to its roots. We’re not going to let it die, but hope somebody comes forward to take it over.”
Lalonde said that Empty Bowls will always have a home at the Social Club.
“We will always gladly do soup and the location,” Lalonde said. “We’ve also been trying to think of other ways to help the event along, maybe giving the bowl makers $50 to $100 to cover the costs of clay for the bowls.”
Lalonde said the event is scheduled for next year already. Mark those calendars for October 18, 2018.
“I’m out here tonight to support our local food pantry,” said Mike Olson of Deadwood. “It’s a wonderful event. I’ve never missed one.”
Jerry explained that the idea for Empty Bowls was inspired by another community that hosted a similar event, discovered while he was researching art for activism for graduate school.
“The name deals with the issue of hunger, thus, the empty bowl,” he said.
Deadwood, SD The music continues in Deadwood with a day full of local artists and big named stars performing all over downtown.
Brandon Ray, songwriter says, "I think there's just an amazing community here that supports things like this. When there's an event like this that comes in, people come out and they support it and that means everything to us."
Deadwood has been supporting and bringing big names and local talent to the Wild West Songwriters Festival for five years.
George Milos, events and promotion manager says, "I think one of the main reasons why we draw good talent here is the fact that it is Deadwood South Dakota. I think a lot of people just love coming here."
And although they don't have to travel as far the locals reap plenty of benefits from having this event in their backyard.
Emily Jerde, local songwriter says, "We are here to learn about the art of songwriting from professionals down in Nashville Tennessee. This is a great place for local songwriters to congregate and find out about each other and maybe even write more songs in the future together."
This three day event creates intimate concerts for artists to get back to the roots of songwriting and publishers to get a glance at the great talent.
Ray says, "I love it I think the I contact the people just engaged and the intimate settings like these are everything that's what song writing is about as connecting with people."
When the event was created, organizers wanted the festival to be uniquely Deadwood and inspire both the artists and the audience.
Milos says, "Where else can you sit and listen to one of the fan founding members of Sugarland tell the story about how he wrote the song and then actually sing that song it's a perfect place for it."
Over the years the festival has gotten national attention and continues to draw even bigger crowds.
Milos says, "The responses bigger this year the venues are filling up a lot faster especially Saturday. Saturday is the main day where people really want to get out and they claim these little tiny venues to hear these people tell the stories and sing their songs."
Some artists came early to get as much inspiration from the area as possible this weekend.
But the local artists already know why Deadwood is a place to sing about.
Jerde says, "As far as the influence from our hometown, I think our culture and the history that the South Dakota offers is incredible and I think that that's what's on my heart when I write about where I come from."
LEAD | Ray Dvorak has big plans for the historic old building he recently purchased on Main Street in Lead, and he's hopeful his project will be part of a larger economic resurgence in this small former mining town in the northern Black Hills.
Dvorak hopes to starting leasing spaces in his refurbished building by May or June of next year, and he isn’t alone in his optimism for a newly reborn downtown in Lead, still in recovery from the 2002 shuttering of its longtime mainstay industry, the Homestake Gold Mine.
Over the past 14 years the hundreds of gold miners employed at Homestake have been replaced by dozens of scientists seeking dark matter particles in the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The lab is a key part of what Lead is today, but the employment there can't match what was provided by the mine.
But now, recent investments in town and a smooth new main drag have raised hope for a glittering future once again for Lead.
“Lead’s been not doing well since the mine closed, but it’s time that it starts growing back,” Dvorak said.
A two-year, $6 million reconstruction project to rebuild U.S. Highway 85, which serves as Lead’s Main Street, finished up earlier this year, and a $5 milllion Lead Visitor Center opened this summer at the lower end of Main Street.
More than a dozen new businesses have come to Lead in recent months, among them High Mountain Outfitters, an outdoor gear and fly-fishing shop; Vilas Pharmacy, Dakota Shivers Brewing Co. and an Ace Hardware store in the nearby Twin City Mall.
“It’s an area that was very dependent on one industry, and now we’re starting to see some diversification,” said Lori Frederick, director of the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corporation.
The recent flurry of economic activity has officials eyeing a re-branding effort for Lead, adopting a slogan of “Miles Beyond Ordinary” by playing off of Lead's 5,280-foot altitude, and commissioning a video, “My Lead,” to spotlight the town’s easy access to Black Hills outdoor recreation, along with arts and community activities at the Lead Opera House and youth recreational programs at the rebuilt Handley Recreation Center.
Dvorak is looking to add to the town’s social center potential, converting the wedge-shaped lot where the bank’s drive-up customers used to do their banking into a town square or pavilion similar to — though on a smaller scale — Rapid City’s Main Street Square.
He plans to excavate the current lot and reopen half-obscured arch-shaped windows on the building’s lower level, where steel vacuum tubes for the bank’s drive-up system still snake their way from the lot through a dusty storage space to the main-floor teller windows.
“I can just see a coffee shop there and people going down there,” he said.
Business owner Jamie Gilcrease-Heupel said a vision for the future and an overall atmosphere of cooperation have helped boost a positive outlook for Lead.
She said an earlier location for her Lotus Up Espresso & Deli on Baltimore Street suffered from a century-old building with leakage and electrical problems.
“I went to the city and said my location is not working for me. I need help, or I’m going to shut down my business and go somewhere else,” she said.
She said the city donated vacant land to the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corporation, which in turn sold the parcel on lower Main Street to her for $1 with the provision that she build there within a few years.
Her new coffee shop and deli recently opened on an upper level, with Vilas Pharmacy opening in a lower level.
“What I’ve found is people all started working for the same goal. Now everyone’s working together,” Gilcrease-Heupel said.
Steve and Linda Shivers opened their Dakota Shivers microbrewery in May of 2015, enduring the ongoing two-year reconstruction of Main Street at their front door.
“We had a back door open to the detour,” Linda Shivers said. “People avoided Lead because of the construction.”
Challenges remain for Main Street development in the aftermath of the Highway 85/Main Street construction project, however.
There are still empty storefronts to fill, and some existing businesses aren’t happy with a decorative fence installed on the north side of the street during the project.
Gates in the fence, installed to allow businesses to load and unload merchandise, instead became an access point for pedestrians crossing the street mid-block.
City officials, fearing legal action from anyone who might be injured crossing the fence, decided to lock the gates, with pedestrians now required to walk a longer distance in either direction to access businesses on the north side of the street.
But new projects at the Sanford lab will continue to bring new visitors and residents to Lead and city economic officials will also continue to promote the area’s recreational opportunities.
“Things take time. Starting a single business takes time. For a community to bounce back like that takes time,” Frederick said. “For the region, we’re seeing some positive growth. It’s just the beginning of the trend.”
Dvorak is betting on Lead’s future. Lawrence County property records show that Sunray Properties, a limited liability corporation owned by Dvorak, his wife, Bobbi, and daughter, Stefanie, purchased the former Wells Fargo bank building in May for $385,000.
The building will need much in renovation including the installation of an elevator and an upgrade in utilities, but Dvorak believes the investment will pay off.
“We’re thinking it’s a place for multiple offices, small retail, restaurants and coffee shops,” Dvorak said of his plans to upgrade and renovate the 6,000-square-foot stone building, formerly the location of Wells Fargo Bank until the bank closed and moved its employees and services to another existing bank in nearby Deadwood.
Others say Lead's reemergence will help the town emerge from the shadow of the gambling and historical tourism of its Twin City neighbor Deadwood.
"Not everybody likes to gamble," Linda Shivers said. “I think Lead has been kind of a secret, but now the secret’s out."
Most Americans probably weren’t really aware of Ian McShane until his role as the aptly named Al Swearengen on HBO’s “Deadwood”. Living in Canada, which is still part of the commonwealth, I had access to more of his older stuff growing-up. The TV show, “Lovejoy”, where he played a smooth art-dealer caught up in various hijinks, was prime Sunday afternoon fare on my local PBS, and even before I really knew him by name, I thought McShane was cooler than cool.
Middle-aged even when he did “Lovejoy”, McShane was a heartthrob in British cinema going all the way back to the sixties, when he played one of the young leads in Guy Hamilton’s epic WW2 retelling of the BATTLE OF BRITAIN. I caught a young McShane a few years ago in a cool Oliver Reed crime caper called SITTING TARGET (after it showed up on a list of great crime films written by Edgar Wright). After a few quiet years, McShane had himself a nice little comeback with a scene-stealing turn as a posh gangster in SEXY BEAST.
It’s safe to say though that “Deadwood” is really what launched him into another sphere. Following that show’s too-early demise, McShane found himself in high-demand, leading mini-series like “The Pillars of the Earth”, and having major arcs on shows like “American Horror Story”, “Ray Donovan” and “Game of Thrones.” He’s also shown up in movies like JOHN WICK, HERCULES, DEATH RACE, HOT ROD and more, and remains in-demand as an older, tough-guy character actor.
His Best Work
McShane won a well-deserved Golden Globe for playing Al Swearengen (and he deserved an Emmy too) and in his acceptance speech he said it was the best gig he’s ever had. I’m inclined to agree, with him elevating David Milch’s unbelievably foul dialogue into a kind of gutter-Shakespeare, and something that feels authentic to both the characters and the era. Swearengen is a fascinating character. In season one he’s pretty much a straight-up bad guy, but possibly due to how popular he became, he’s softened ever-so-slightly in season two, emerging as a kind of dark anti-hero by the end, albeit one that’s still happy to feed the bodies of his victims to the pigs at Mr. Wu’s. He’s absolutely magnetic throughout, and his chemistry with Timothy Olyphant’s Seth Bullock is superb.
His Most Overrated Work
While I’m more-or-less a fan of “Ray Donovan’s” third season (the same can’t be said for the one that just ended), I felt let down by McShane’s role as what I thought was going to be the season’s big bad. Playing a King Lear-like power broker with two kids ready to stab him in the back, he ended up playing second fiddle to Katie Holmes (and her braces), which was a waste all things considered. Ray’s yet to really get a strong adversary.
His Most Underrated Film
Even if it was a huge flop upon its initial release, a lot of people love HOT ROD. An early star vehicle for Andy Samberg, the film benefited greatly from McShane as Rod’s adversary, his ill step-dad who he’s always trying to beat in a fight. With a twinkle in his eye and his barrel chest out for all to see, McShane seems to be having the time of his life pushing Samberg around. Despite his gravitas, McShane really does seem to have a flair for comedy – I wish it would be exploited more.
His Best Scene
The changing dynamic between Bullock and Swearengen takes a major leap forward in the first episode in season two, where a confrontation between the two turns into a violent, life-or-death battle on the streets of Deadwood. It ends with Swearengen (who – naturally – has the upper hand) putting a knife to Bullock’s throat, but sparring him once he sees Bullock’s wife and kid in the town stagecoach. An act of mercy? Hardly. “Welcome to f**king Deadwood.”
His 5 Best Films
Ian McShane’s got a full plate, with parts opposite Michael Shannon (I can’t wait) in POTTERSVILLE and Keanu Reeves in the upcoming JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2. He then segues back to TV with a regular role on Starz’s “American Gods”, and – just maybe – a return to the streets of “Deadwood” for the long-rumored HBO miniseries. I won’t hold my breath.
FULTON, S.D. (AP) - A large amount of crops still waiting to be harvested made it difficult for some hunters to find pheasants during the opening weekend of South Dakota's season.
But a state wildlife official tells The Daily Republic many hunters still got birds, and success rates should improve as the season continues.
A statement released by the department says the bird count in the southeast region of South Dakota ranged between one-half bird per hunter in the east and 1.5 birds in the west. The most populated area to hunt was near Mitchell to the east of Chamberlain.
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks conservation officer Andy Petersen estimates the average bird count in the Mitchell area was one bird per hunter.
In August, the department reported a 20 percent decrease in statewide pheasants-per-mile index compared to 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: They will be competing against the digital animation of U.S. films, but Long Way North, from César Award-winning producer Henri Magalon (Oscar nominated for Ernest & Celestine) and French director Rémi Chayé, is coming into awards season this year having won the Grand Prize and the Governor of Tokyo Award at the Tokyo Animation Festival. Long Way North is about a young girl from Russian aristocracy who leaves her home to find her grandfather, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer, who has not returned from his trip.
Chayé was the first AD and head of storyboard for the Oscar-nominated The Secret Of Kells. Although already a working as an animator, he went back to school at age 30 to hone his craft and learn about directing at the famed studio La Poudrière. Of the French animation community of about 5,000, he said everyone knows each other and described it as “a small village.”While hundreds were at Pixar working on their digital-animated Oscar hopefuls, the $6.5 million-budgeted female empowerment tale Long Way North was hand-drawn, created by 20 animators and 20 cel painters over an 18-month period in rented flats near Bastille. It was produced by Sacrebleu Prods. (Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage), Maybe Movies (Ernest & Celestine), Norlum Studios (Song Of The Sea), France 3 Cinema and 2 Minutes.
“You know Remi is a feminist,” Magalon joked as Deadline met with them at the historic Culver Hotel (built by MGM in the 1930s specifically to house all the munchkins for The Wizard Of Oz). Chayé told Deadline that he made sure an equal amount of women as men were on Long Way North and all were paid equally. “I asked each department to balance it out. It’s not a question of talent,” said Chayé. “The talent is there but everyone must be given the chance.” Added Magalon: “Bad habits are easy to break if you have the incentive to break them.”
Female empowerment is the theme of their next film as well with Calamity Jane, a hero of the Old West who is one of the most beloved characters in France as she was memorialized in a popular comic strip there titled Lucky Luke. “You know she’s a pretty famous character in France,” said Chayé. “We knew her as kids. She is part of the childhood of every French person.”
The film — Calamity Jane: A Childhood Of Martha Jane Cannary — will focus on Jane as a 10-year-old in the year after both parents died. In the time of the Old West, Chayé explained, women would often disguise themselves as men to have freedom away from working as a washer or in menial jobs or in prostitution. “Women wanted to have a better life,” said Chayé. “They didn’t have a lot of choices, but Martha Jane decided at an early age, ‘No. I am going to be a woman without limits.’ “
“She really invented her own legacy,” noted Magalon, who will work alongside Chayé again on this animated film.
“She had a strong mind and found her will. When she discovered the freedom of a boy’s life, she just refused to go back,” said Chayé.
While they are beginning work on Calamity Jane, they are hoping for some recognition from the Academy for Long Way North (also produced by Ron Dyens), which was a labor of love written by two women — Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix — with a third screenwriter coming aboard later, Fabrice de Costil.
Long Way North is getting a rollout in the states via Shout! Factory. It opened in New York and Los Angeles in select theaters for its Oscar-qualifying run on September 30 and the distributor has continued adding more theaters ever since (D.C., San Diego, etc.).
BISMARCK, N.D. | The Standing Rock Sioux's tribal council has voted to make tribal land available for those protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, though an organizer from another tribe says many of the several hundred gathered will remain on federal land without a permit.
The council voted 8-5 Tuesday to use the reservation land — which is about two miles south of the large Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property — so permanent structures can be built to protect protesters from North Dakota's notoriously brutal winter weather.
"The cold is coming and the snow is coming," tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said Wednesday. "It makes sense to be proactive and not reactive."
But the offer is too late, said Cody Hall, a protest organizer who is part of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in South Dakota.
"Some people might move but I don't think the majority of them will," Hall said of the camp's population, which averages 500 to 700 people, though it sometimes swells to well over a thousand. "The (Standing Rock) tribe sat on its heels too long and people started losing faith."
Archambault countered that it took time to identify an appropriate spot for a new encampment on the 2.3 million-acre reservation that straddles North Dakota and South Dakota.
The camp, which is the overflow from smaller private and permitted protest sites nearby, began growing in August and at one point was called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century. All were there to protest Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners' $3.8 billion pipeline, which tribal officials believe threatens sacred sites and the Missouri River, which is a source of water for millions.
Protesters do not have a federal permit to be on the corps' land, but the federal agency had said it wouldn't evict them due to free speech reasons. Authorities have criticized that decision, saying the site has been a launching point for protests at construction sites in the area; about 140 people who have been charged in recent weeks with interfering with such work.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he supports moving the camp to the reservation because the protesters are currently trespassing on federal land.
"It is a good move and gesture ... by the council to make that decision to try to get those individuals back onto tribal land," he said.
In preparation for the winter, protesters have stockpiled mountains of firewood, winterized wall tents and set up traditional teepees and wigwams, Hall said, adding that his tribe will bear the costs of maintaining portable toilets, something the Standing Rock tribe has done in the past.
Corps spokeswoman Eileen Williamson said the agency supports the Standing Rock Sioux's decision to make tribal land available.
"We have been in communication with the chairman and he has expressed his concern for life, health and safety," she said. "If people chose not to move, they are there at their own risk."