Standing Rock Wins Battle in War Over the Dakota Access Pipeline; Humboldt Resident There to Witness
After seeing the Water Protectors face water canons and flash grenades from law enforcement during the last month, over the weekend approximately 2000 US military veterans began joining those who had gathered-many of the vets were under the direction of Wesley Clark Jr., the son of a retired general Wesley Clark. The vets, Clark said, would be a “peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.”
Yesterday, the Army Corp of Engineers announced they would look for an alternative route for the pipeline. This could postpone the project for months or even years as an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) takes time. The people gathered at Standing Rock celebrated this announcement with cheers and drum circles.
Michela Hernandez, a resident of Southern Humboldt who joined the Water Protectors and took these images yesterday, reports,
As the sun set over Oceti Sakowin camp [yesterday] celebrations were beginning. The prayers, drums, and voices of the water protectors sharing their gratitude for [Sunday]’s denial of the easement through the reservation’s land was powerful and has continued into the night. [Today] is when the true effects of the relocation of the Black Snake [the pipeline] will begin to surface. While this is a victory for the Lakota and those downstream from the Cannonball River now, the battle is far from over. DAPL still intends to drill, the matter is where. Some reports are already saying that the Oahe Lake to the South will be their next target. Some believe this to be a ploy to console the masses and to try to redirect the attention so they may begin to drill, regardless of having a permit. DAPL has already expressed that the consequences of continuing without a permit were inconsequential to the profits.
Regardless, the water protector’s peaceful, prayerful, ceremonious methods have been noticed. A camp wide prayer circle [yesterday] afternoon welcomed in the good news of DAPL’s permit denial. The people have gathered, they have prayed, they have sang and the world has started to listen. Now we wait to see how this will [a]ffect the Standing Rock Reservation in the long run and those downstream. A relocation of the Black Snake is not a solution but it’s a start.