Hoeven Announces Additional BIA Federal Law Enforcement Officers Headed to ND to Help State and Local Officers

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has dispatched 20 additional officers to North Dakota to help state and local law enforcement at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest sites. The additional officers will bring the total number of BIA officers at the site to 40.

Hoeven has been working with the White House, Department of Justice, DHS and other agencies to secure assistance. He recently spoke with DHS Secretary John Kelly about providing more CBP agents.

“We’re working to get more federal law enforcement assistance to work with state and local law enforcement officers,” Hoeven said. “The BIA has committed to provide an additional twenty officers, who should be there this weekend. In addition, we’re working with both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to provide additional resources as well.”