The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is urging calm ahead of a highly anticipated court ruling that could halt work on the contentious Dakota Access pipeline project.

Thousands have gathered in and around the reservation to support the tribe's fight against the pipeline, which many fear could leak and contaminate the Missouri River. The tribe was successful in getting a temporary work halt on portions of the pipeline earlier this week.

But the temporary work stop came only after a violent confrontation over the weekend between people from the camp and private security guards armed with dogs and pepper spray.

Tribal chair David Archambault said that regardless of how the Federal Court rules on Friday, he doesn't want to see a repeat of that conflict.

"Any act of violence hurts our cause and is not welcome here," he said in a statement released on Thursday.

"We invite all supporters to join us in prayer that, ultimately, the right decision — the moral decision — is made to protect our people, our sacred places, our land and our resources."

A camp set up to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's fight against the oil pipeline has swelled over the past few days, now populated by thousands of people from across North America.

Few in that camp seemed concerned about the increase in police, though some reported already seeing unmarked vehicles with out-of-state licence plates in the area. Archambault said he was told by the governor that National Guard would not enter the camp.


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