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Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 [Image: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images].

Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 [Image: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images].

All seems well after the US Army Corps of Engineers refused to grant a permit for pipeline engineers to drill under the Missouri River at Standing Rock – as this Guardian article suggests.

The news that the US federal government has refused to issue the permit needed to run a pipeline under the Missouri river means many things – including that indigenous activists have won a smashing victory, one that shows what nonviolent unity can accomplish.

But are matters as secure as they seem? Look at this, from Twitter:

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On the bright side, The Graun offers this:

Trump, of course, can try and figure out a way to approve the pipeline right away, though the Obama administration has done its best to make that difficult. (That’s why, instead of an outright denial, they simply refused to grant the permit, thus allowing for the start of the environmental impact statement process). But if Trump decides to do that, he’s up against people who have captured the imagination of the country. Simply spitting on them to aid his friends in the oil industry would clarify a lot about him from the start, which is one reason he may hesitate.

So, where does that leave us?

Source: The victory at Standing Rock could mark a turning point | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

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