After Months of Non-Violent Protest from Standing Rock Sioux, Army Corps of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Work

People celebrate around the sacred fire at the Oceti Sakowin Camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. On Sunday afternoon, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline and considering alternate routes, something protesters had sought for months. (Photo: Brian Powers, Des Moines Register)

article by Kevin Hardy, Des Moines Register via usatoday.com

The pipeline was set to cross the river a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation border. Tribal members have for months protested the project, worried that a pipeline breach could threaten their drinking water supplies.

“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,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”

The news spread quickly across the snow-covered protest camp in North Dakota, home to an expansive array of teepees, motorhomes and tents. Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II took the microphone at the camp’s central fire after speaking with Army officials.

“I’m telling you, this is true,” he said. “You know how rumors spread.”

Geraldine Agard, a 63-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux, gave credit to the prayers of those filling the camp for Sunday’s decision. Earlier in the day, campers joined arms in creating what they said was the world’s largest prayer circle.

“I’m so thrilled I’m here today,” she said. “I’m still in shock.”

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