"This is a historic moment. This is thanks to all of you who came here." Cries of Mni Wiconi - 'Water is life' - went up from the crowd.

 Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder of the Ihanktonwan tribe, said: 'The easement has been denied. We have all come to this gathering being hosted by Mother Earth. I love you all.'

In a statement, Standing Rock tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said: 'Today, the US Army Corps of engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

The news came after thousands of veterans descended on Standing Rock Sioux reservation this weekend in a show of solidarity with the Water protectors.

"People are breathing a sign of relief today and the sun is shining bright and there's blue skies here in Cannonball," protector Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of the Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, told CBC News.

"There's certainly an atmosphere of celebration at this show of power and influence of the climate Indigenous rights movement here in the United States."

Sacred gathering is not over: Water protectors say they are staying here.

Members of the Sioux Nation celebrate minutes after the announcement that the Dakota Access Pipeline would not go ahead (from left Shawn and Ashley, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier and Wanda DuBray)


Responses to "Joyful Images Show Standing Rock Water Protectors celebrating 'Big Victory'"

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a Good day.

    joy to you from Australia

  2. This victory is more than a triumph. It gives hope that when many come together in a righteous cause much can be accomplished. I would like to know what the process was in the ACOE making the decision to deny the easement.

  3. Unknown says:

    So what happens if TRUMP rolls it back ?

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