Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman, Dave Archambault II said in a statement,
“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 and to do the right thing.
With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.”
This is a huge victory and it would not have been possible without your continued support.
Earlier this year our team of legal experts worked with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to file a lawsuit against the Corps. Since then we have been fighting tooth and nail to stop this pipeline.
The fact of the matter is, this pipeline never should have been routed near these sacred lands in the first place and it certainly never should have received permits without a thorough and meaningful discussion of potential risks with the affected Indian Tribes.
Today’s announcement that a full environmental impact statement will be prepared is a step in the right direction. It sets in motion a new round of public involvement that will have to take place before the final portion of the pipeline can be completed.
As we continue forward I know we can count on you to speak out and make sure your voice is heard.