After months of protesting where thousands of peaceful protestors and millions of people have spoken out against the North Dakota pipeline, the Army Corp of Engineers announced that they will be looking for a different route. After this was announced, the thousands of dedicated protesters cheered, played the drums and chanted.
Tribal leaders from the Sioux Tribe and supporters were fighting for months to protect their land from the hazardous pipeline that could damage the people’s water supply. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, said “People have said that this is a make it or a break it, and I guess we made it.” The tribe leaders are beginning to worry that the the Army Corps Engineers will not keep their promise of rerouting the pipeline. Some of the members of the Army Corps are saying they should continue with the pipeline. The tribe leaders also give much gratitude for the help and support of the many organized groups that took part in this protesting.
The Grassroots Activists turned the little protesting location into a little city. After going through freezing temperatures, they pushed through to their victory. The Indigenous Environmental Network was another group that took part in the protest. The leader of the group, Dallas Goldtooth, said that “even though there was victory today, we have more fighting to do until the corporations, Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners have completely shut down the pipeline”. Bernie Sanders was against the pipeline and thanked President Barack Obama for supporting the Native Americans and the millions of people who were against the pipeline. Another group Environmental Action Group 350.org was thrilled to see that the pipeline is delayed but also warned about the future plans to come. The leader of the environmental group May Boeve said that they are prepared to deal with any projects the Trump administration will approve.
The Sioux tribe and thousands of supporters were asked to leave the protesting site earlier this week by Governor Jack Dalrymple. The protestors did not back away; they stood their ground. Even more than two thousand veterans showed up to help support the protestors. Now the protesting site called Standing Rock is now a protesting symbol.