Cheers at Standing Rock following Army Corps decision to reroute pipeline

By Kathleen Stone

When a member of the Standing Rock movement announced over a microphone that the Army Corps of Engineers will not grant permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri river, marchers erupted in cheers.

Tailyr Irvine, a University of Montana student covering the movement for Montana Journalism Review, was on North Dakota Highway 1806 photographing a march when the announcement was made Dec. 4, 2016.

“There’s a lot of elation going on. People are celebrating, people are hugging, and they’re gathering in the main part of camp,” Irvine said. She said after they heard the announcement, people exclaimed “We won!” and “We did it!”

Standing Rock activists lead a group back from the front lines to the main camp Dec. 4, 2016, after hearing that the Army Corps will not allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri river. Photo: Tailyr Irvine

The decision met one of the primary demands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters. An environmental study will be performed to determine where the pipeline will be rerouted to, the Army Corps said.

The march was cut short after some of the 2,000 U.S. military veterans who had arrived to support demonstrators at Standing Rock started herding people back to the camp.

Montana Journalism Review will have more photos and updates as they become available.