Victory! A Win for All of America!


I’m going to have a much deserved drink tonight to celebrate the victory for the people of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe! Thank you President Obama for once again doing the right thing for all of The People  including our Native Peoples. A little late, but better late than never, sir. I know DAPL could still pose a threat to the tribe (along with to the rest of us), especially once under the Trump administration, but today made it clear that if it does go forward and harms anyone, it will be on Trump’s head. Thank you all of the beautiful friends I know who have done so much to help, to all of those who joined me in our Meditation for Standing Rock to raise awareness, prayer and funds to support the tribe, tto all those who have divested their money from crooked banks, signed petition, demonstrated, got involved. Thanks to our courageous United States’ Veterans who once again proved their status as heroes by defending United States’ citizens and our Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. To U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for being the warrior for the people you have always been sir. And to everyone who has stood with Standing Rock Rising to put an end to this ridiculous pipeline. I have prayed and prayed and prayed for many many moons for this outcome, not only because it was absolutely unacceptable to throw yet another generation of indigenous people under the bus of “progress” aka greed, but because the Greed Disease endangers all of us, our children, their children, the other beautiful creatures who inhabit this planet with us. I am very happy right now. This is the most happiness I have allowed myself to feel since Nov 9th. It is sad to admit, but I have never engaged in this much advocacy for any cause in my life, because in my privileged experience of life, I have never had to. But nothing in my lifetime disturbed, enraged and made me work the grassroots like Standing Rock. All those prayers? Today, I feel like the Everywhere Spirit heard us! The people CAN create change! Let’s keep it going ya’ll! 

Army Corps of Engineers Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Route

by DANIEL A. MEDINA and CHIARA SOTTILE
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Activists celebrate Sunday at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Jim Watson / AFP – Getty Images

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CANNON BALL, N.D. — The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers told Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II Sunday that the current route for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline will be denied.

Archambaut told NBC News after he heard the decision that he was “thankful that there were some leaders in the federal government that realized that something is not right even though it’s legal.”

“This is something that will go down in history and I know that it’s a blessing for all indigenous peoples,” he said.

The Army Corps of Engineers later released a statement saying they will not approve the easement that would have allowed the proposed pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, a large reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

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“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy said in the statement Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

As word spread through the protest camp in Cannon Ball, N.D., cheers could be heard breaking out.

Federal government officials had given activists, which include Native American tribe members and non-members alike, a Monday deadline to vacate the camp because of worries about the plunging temperatures.

The planned route for the 1,172-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline would have run within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and crossed beneath the Missouri River.

Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren, who remained publicly silent on the pipeline for months as protests forced a halt in the pipeline’s construction, told NBC News in an interview in November that he was “100 percent sure that the pipeline will be approved by a Trump administration,” regardless of what the Army Corps ultimately decides.

The company did not immediately respond to request for comment on the Army Corps decision.

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CANNON BALL, N.D. — The secretary of the Army Corps of Engineers told Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II Sunday that the current route for the controversial Dakota Access pipeline will be denied.

Archambaut told NBC News after he heard the decision that he was “thankful that there were some leaders in the federal government that realized that something is not right even though it’s legal.”

“This is something that will go down in history and I know that it’s a blessing for all indigenous peoples,” he said.

The Army Corps of Engineers later released a statement saying they will not approve the easement that would have allowed the proposed pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe, a large reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

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“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy said in the statement Sunday. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

Related: ‘Water Is Life’: A Look Inside the Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters’ Camp

As word spread through the protest camp in Cannon Ball, N.D., cheers could be heard breaking out.

Federal government officials had given activists, which include Native American tribe members and non-members alike, a Monday deadline to vacate the camp because of worries about the plunging temperatures.

The planned route for the 1,172-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline would have run within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and crossed beneath the Missouri River.

Image: Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. JIM WATSON / AFP – Getty Images
Opponents had said the pipeline would adversely impact drinking water and disturb sacred tribal sites.

The Obama administration had on multiple occasions asked that Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the project, voluntarily stop construction. But the installation of hyper-beam lights there last month shows that request has been ignored.

Gallery: Dakota Pipeline Protesters Defy Winter’s Chill

Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren, who remained publicly silent on the pipeline for months as protests forced a halt in the pipeline’s construction, told NBC News in an interview in November that he was “100 percent sure that the pipeline will be approved by a Trump administration,” regardless of what the Army Corps ultimately decides.

The company did not immediately respond to request for comment on the Army Corps decision.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement the Department of Justice “remains committed to supporting local law enforcement, defending protestors’ constitutional right to free speech and fostering thoughtful dialogue on the matter.”

“We recognize the strong feelings that exist in connection with this issue, but it is imperative that all parties express their views peacefully and join us in support of a deliberate and reasonable process for de-escalation and healing,’ she said in the statement.

Former presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., released a statement saying, “I appreciate very much President Obama listening to the Native American people and millions of others who believe this pipeline should not be built.”

But North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp said a decision on the pipeline did not come soon enough.

“It’s long past time that a decision is made on the easement going under Lake Oahe,” Heitkamp said in a statement Sunday. “This administration’s delay in taking action — after I’ve pushed the White House, Army Corps, and other federal agencies for months to make a decision — means that today’s move doesn’t actually bring finality to the project. The pipeline still remains in limbo.”

“For the immediate future, the safety of residents, protesters, law enforcement, and workers remains my top priority as it should for everyone involved,” she added.

Meanwhile, North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven was critical of the Army Corps decision, saying in a statement that “The Obama administration’s refusal to issue an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline violates the rule of law and fails to resolve the issue. Instead, it passes the decision off to the next administration, which has already indicated it will approve the easement, and in the meantime perpetuates a difficult situation for North Dakotans.”

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