American government call for temporary halt on Dakota Access Pipeline

By Taroi Black

The American government has given the tribe of Standing Rock Sioux a temporary victory after they announced that it would not authorize any further construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline, a short while after a federal judge ruled to keep it going. 

The pipeline itself would be 1,172 miles long and would carry around 500,000 gallons of oil per day between North Dakota and Illinois.

One protestor says, "We stopped the Dakota Access and we won, and now I can go home."

The Obama Administration ruling to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been called a game changer for the indigenous people of North America.

However, federal officials are only asking the company building the pipeline to pause all construction within 20 miles of the lake pending a thorough review of the permits.

Chairman of Standing Rock, David Archambault says, "Can't tell you if there's an end or start date for anything, but I know that it is important that we continue to send a message."

A lack of faith in their Federal Government didn't deter the protesters. Instead, it gave more reason to stand in solidarity.

Environmentalist, Dallas Goldtooth says, "So we as indigenous people are well aware that we're used to hearing promises from our federal governments. It's not about the words, it's about the actions."

In the past three weeks, the site has been a camp for more than 150 tribes across North America. Together for the first time in over a century. 

Alaskan supporter, Althea Wilson says,"Our descendants are Alaskan Cling-kit and so we came here to support the one family canoe society from Alaska. It took them about five days. So when we heard about the struggle in Standing Rock on the facebook page, it said that it had a call out for all canoes to come up to Standing Rock to pull in the Missouri River and so we had to be here."

With the construction on halt, some say the Obama administration has put people out of work, and could threaten further infrastructure projects.