CANNON BALL, ND - DECEMBER 04: Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The US Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will not grant an easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a lake on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation, ending a months-long standoff. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, protestors alongside the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have faced tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, and even baying dogs. But finally their efforts have resulted in change, as the Army Corps of Engineers have denied the permit that would allow the Dakota Access pipeline to pass through their ancestral lands.
“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II in a statement. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. 
“We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history …