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North Dakota will receive $10 million from the federal government to help pay state law enforcement bills related to months of protests over the Dakota Access pipeline.

The state applied to the Justice Department's Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program in late June. North Dakota’s congressional team announced the $10 million award on Tuesday.

Governor Burgum called it a good start.

North Dakota is facing a $38 million bill for protest-related costs, and taxpayers could end up footing the bulk of the bill. Burgum asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration in late April, to pave the way for federal aid. The Trump administration denied the request in May.

There also is a longstanding offer from pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners to pay the state's costs. North Dakota hasn't yet ruled that offer out.

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