TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - A Local Native American tribe celebrates the victory of the Dakota Access Pipeline being denied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday.
Cherokee Nation officials said the Army Corps of Engineers decision is a relief, and a result people across Indian Country have been praying and fighting for.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources, Sara Hill, said she and fellow tribe members visited Standing Rock a few weeks ago, to support the Sioux Tribe. She said being in North Dakota, her main concern was the tribes water resources and safety.
She said now that The Army Corps of Engineers is considering alternate routes for the pipeline, she thinks the decision is a step in the right direction and shows how the tribes and federal government can work well together.
“I think that’s all they ever wanted was an opportunity to live in their homes and to know that that water would still be there for their grandkids and for the next generations of their tribe,” said Hill.
Hill said she hopes the latest decision is the end to the water resource issues at Standing Rock, however, she doesn’t think tribal members will be any less vigilant tomorrow. She said she will be sleeping better, knowing people at Standing Rock are safe.