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Published November 11, 2016
WASHINGTON – Politico is reporting President Barack Obama will approve the easement for the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation as soon as Monday, according to sources close to administration.
Youth Council holding their banner in front of the pipeline
This action will surely impact Obama’s legacy among American Indians. Currently, there are near one-thousand American Indians, who are called “water protectors” in an encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The water protectors have been there since April 1, 2016 when 50 American Indians set up camp to pray that the pipeline does not go through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ancestral land and waterway.
There will a nationwide day of support for Standing Rock on Tuesday in cities across the country.
Given climate of the country since Donald Trump gained enough electoral college votes to be then 45th president of the United States, some officials are worried violence may break out across the country after Obama makes his announcement.
Obama, who visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in June 2014, appears to falling in line with Trump’s pro-oil stance he has made. He reportedly has money invested the company building the pipeline.