The Army Corps of Engineers have decided not to allow construction to continue as planned on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a planned oil throughway that would have gone through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The announcement came as a victory for the protesters and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who say that the pipeline would be a threat to their local water supply, sacred land and tribal burial ground.
The Energy Transfer Partners, which had been working to finish construction on the 1,170-mile, $3.7 billion pipeline, contended it would be a safer way to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois by keeping the oil in a safe and compacted pipeline.
The number of protesters had grown to several hundred near the end of November, and many came from all over the country to support the tribes. The standoff came to a boil when officers in riot gear attempted to force crowds from protest camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Since the protests started in January, over 400 people had been arrested, and some were accused of engaging in riots and conspiracy to endanger by fire and explosion.
As the news of the denied permit spread throughout the Twittersphere, many Branham students celebrated the victory for the protesters through retweets.
Senior Kaya Fabbretti, who has Native American heritage supported the halt in construction, and his mom was one of the many protesters nationwide.
“I believe that it is important to protect the environment in which we live and it is great knowing that my mom, Nube Brown, was at the protest supporting.
“It was right for the Dakota Access Pipeline to not be constructed because it would have hurt the Native American tribes, our drinking water, and the land they live on.”