Published February 7, 2017
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday said it has notified Congress that it plans to grant the final easement to build the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) to Energy Transfer Partners.
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This is a severe blow to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, hundreds of other American Indian tribes across Indian Country that are adamantly opposed to the pipeline going through ancestral tribal territory.
On the opposing side, this is a victory for the Trump administration that called for the U.S Army to expedite the approval of the easement in a presidential memorandum signed by President Trump four days after he became president.
About 400 American Indians and allies are still at Standing Rock encampments in opposition to the strong hand of the president. The water protectors have vowed to stay and fight the construction of the pipeline.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe last week vowed to take further legal action to stop the construction of the pipeline.
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