Sunday—a day punctuated by football games and family dinners—is a poor timing choice for breaking important news, but the US Army Corps of Engineers announced today it “would not approve permits for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River that tribes say sits near sacred burial sites,” according to The New York Times.
The Times sent me a text this afternoon—Pacific Coast Time—that authorities need to “explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
The decision comes at the eleventh hour, when tribes face a deadline Monday—tomorrow—to vacate the encampment where activists have protested construction of the pipeline, designed to span more than 1000 miles and deliver crude oil to North Americans.
Here in Portland, Oregon, protest rallies have been planned for tomorrow—Monday—to coincide with the deadline given the tribes to leave the encampment.
So: what happens next?
Many will see the announcement as a victory for indigenous peoples.
But key issues remain unresolved. Continue reading