Water protectors at Standing Rock have been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline since summer. Just today, thousands of veterans arrived at the site to assist in the protests and fight against the possible toxification of water that would flow across tribal lands. With the winter cold just arriving and making it more difficult than ever for the Standing Rock campers to live on the land safely, a major win arrived for the movement.
The federal government, after months of wavering, denied the pipeline a final permit, which means it will be at least temporarily halted and re-routed away from Sioux waters, including the Missouri River. While this isn’t the end of the battle, it is a huge win for the movement at this stage and is being celebrated not only at the site but by high-profile supporters from around the country. From Matt McGorry to Chance the Rapper, celebrities from all corners chimed in with their excitement about the news.