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Standing Rock v. Pipeline

Protests simmer down as a conclusion was reached by the Obama administration on Sunday

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Jackeline Villa, Author

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On Sunday December 5, 2016 the Obama administration came to a conclusion to halt the last leg of the pipeline by denying to sign a permit that was needed for the completion of the pipeline that spreads through the midwest.

The pipeline is approximately 1,200 miles except for the 1,100 feet crossing a Missouri River reservoir. It is supposed to extend from North Dakota and go through states like South Dakota, Iowa and then ending in Illinois, it is said to destroy water supply and endanger sacred sites for the Native Americans. Groups that protested the end of the construction included celebrities and tribes from the area like the Sioux tribe.

The decision for the refusal of the signature on the permit that would eventually finalize the completion of the pipeline, prompted protesters to cheer while others worried for what is to come next when the Trump administration takes over the white house. Fearing the revoke of the decision, Dave Archambault II, chairman for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, asked the chief of executive Energy Transfer, the governor of North Dakota and the Trump administration to respect the decision. In a statement that was released by Archambault he states, “We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our indigenous peoples”.

For months these protests have been going on starting in July of 2016. As people from all over the country have gathered to protest the pipeline. Celebrities like Shailene Woodley and Solange Knowles have expressed great interest in the protests and the decision made on Sunday night to reroute the project. Knowles says in one of her tweets, “So much respect and honor to/for you and your victory #standingrock #NoDAPL”.

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