The federal government on Sunday denied the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline’s route under the Missouri River. The Dakota Access Pipeline was originally supposed to go under the Missouri River just north of Bismark, North Dakota. The residents of Bismark, 90 percent white, pushed back and won. Now the residents and allies of the Standing Rock Souix have pushed back and won.
There are only 43 days until Donald Trump takes office, when he’ll be presiding over the Army Corps of Engineers, the Justice Department and the Department of the Interior. Trump is a big supporter of the pipeline. So there’s no telling what he’ll do when Wall Street investors push him to apply pressure to the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its decision.
The announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers came as veterans streamed into the camps over the weekend in cars and buses to offer their support to the tribe in its months-long battle. The veterans event had raised more than $1 million dollars in response to violent assaults on the demonstrators by law enforcement. The veterans said they would shield the demonstrators.