By Louise Boyle At Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, For Dailymail.com and James Wilkinson and Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a pipeline that the US government wants to run across the Missouri River (a major water source for the US) several times, and straight through the Sioux Tribal land. Not only will this break a treaty that is more than 100 years old with the natives, but it will contaminate their water, which the heavily depend on. This would contaminate the water, possibly making animals, the environment, and even us sick.
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.