Native American "water protectors" celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, December 4.
Fortunately for "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley and her celebrity compatriots, the federal and the North Dakota state governments now say they won't allow unprepared protesters to freeze to death, and will expend "all necessary resources" to save the activists from themselves. She says that's included the "active engagement" of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the "deployment of conciliators from the Community Relations Service to North Dakota".
In the back reaches of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp, us military veterans, armed with saws, hammers and other tools, are quietly building barracks, an infirmary and a mess hall.
The easement permit, if approved, would allow the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River (also known as Lake Oahe in the Dakota Language).
USA military veterans spoke with tribal leaders on Saturday about their shared interest in blocking a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation, with thousands of veterans joining protests at the site.
"The Army invites the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussion regarding potential conditions on an easement for the pipeline crossing that would reduce the risk of a spill or rupture, hasten detection and response to any possible spill, or otherwise enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the Tribe's water supplies".
The tribe, which now believes it has the momentum in its battle against the companies, wants the pipeline's route altered away from lands near its reservation.
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"The goal here is to raise more awareness and compassion for the issues that are happening in North Dakota at Standing Rock", says one man at the rally. "Non-violent Indigenous People opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline have been met with over-militarised policing and excessive, disproportionate and unnecessary military force", he said.
"All law enforcement personnel who report for duty to the Morton County Sheriff's Department are now from North Dakota agencies and they are more than prepared for our North Dakota winters", Keller said.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, and Archambault have agreed to meet in person to discuss the protests over the pipeline, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
"I'm not going anywhere", Terrell Iron Shell, 23, who came to Standing Rock from Rapid City, South Dakota, in early August, told ABC News from inside a yurt, a traditional nomadic home, erected on the contested land.
The governor's spokesman says no date has been set for the meeting.
"Our commitment has not expired because we took off the uniform", said Charles Vondal, 51, an Army veteran and Native American from Turtle Mountain, N.D. "We gave them water because water is life and that is symbolic in that way". "They're saying enough is enough", said David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.