Standing Rock Protesters Declare Victory, Tension turns to Party
Victory! Dakota Access protesters WIN as Obama administration BLOCKS oil pipeline that was to be built next to Native American land – kicking off wild celebrations in Standing Rock
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters cheered as the news emerged and cried ‘Mni Wiconi’, or ‘water is life’
Corps of Engineers said they would not be granting an easement for the DAPL to cross Lake Oahe
Federal agency said on Sunday afternoon that they would explore alternate routes for the pipeline
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council Chairman Harold Frazier told DailyMail.com that he was ‘shocked’
Thousands of veterans arrived this weekend to support the protests as temperatures hovered around 30F
Clashes were thought to intensify after evacuation was ordered and area was to be shut down on Dec 5
By Louise Boyle At Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, For Dailymail.com and James Wilkinson and Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:19 EST, 4 December 2016
The Dakota Access Pipeline will not cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, it was announced Sunday in a stunning victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites.
The US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant an easement allowing the pipeline’s construction half a mile south of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, United States Assistant Secretary of the Army, said the federal agency will ‘explore alternate routes’ in an announcement that came just one day before the Corps was scheduled to cut off access to the protesters’ camp.
Thousands of demonstrators at the Oceti Sakowin campsite erupted into cheers and cries of Mni Wiconi – ‘Water is life’ – went up from the crowd as the news spread.
Moments after the decision was announced, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council Chairman Harold Frazier told DailyMail.com that he was ‘shocked’ by the news.
The $3.8billion pipeline running through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, is mostly complete, except for a segment planned to run under Lake Oahe, which protesters resisted for several months.
Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder of the Ihanktonwan tribe, said: ‘The easement has been denied. We have all come to this gathering being hosted by Mother Earth. I love you all.’
Shailene Woodley, star of the ‘Divergent’ movies and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, who had previously been arrested while protesting told a huge crowd: ‘We feel so honored to have been a small part of this movement.’
In a statement, Standing Rock tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said: ‘Today, the US Army Corps of engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
‘Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternate routes.
‘We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and do the right thing.
‘The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will forever be grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision.’
He went on to thank all of those who had given moral, physical and financial support from around the globe, and in particular thanked those who had joined the protesters at Standing Rock.