White armed occupiers were acquitted. Native American activists were tear gassed.

On Thursday, two protest movements based on land occupation played out very differently in the American West.

In a courthouse in Oregon, the leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife preserve were acquitted on all charges, which included charges of conspiring to impede federal workers from their job and of possessing firearms on federal property.

Meanwhile, in North Dakota, heavily armed riot police used pepper spray, bean bags (which are similar to rubber bullets), and sirens on Native Americans protesting the construction of an oil pipeline on land they say is theirs by right of treaty. learn more