Native Americans and environmentalists celebrated the victory of ‘Standing Rock’ protest as Obama administration would halt the construction of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).
In the most substantial victory of tribals over the Federal government, The US Army Corps of Engineers has informed the protestors that the current route for the Dakota Access Pipeline will be denied. The pipeline will not be allowed to cross Lake Oahe and the alternate route will be studied.
“The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota,” said a statement on the US Army website.
Recently, around 3,500 US military veterans, who called themselves as water protectors, had pledged to join the demonstration at Standing Rock.
The pipeline was intended to pass through North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, a burial site sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The tribe along with activists voiced concerns the proposed pipeline would destroy the sacred site and threaten the water resources.
Around 564 people were arrested during the protest against pipeline. Police also reportedly used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon against the peaceful protestors.