The protest occurring on native land for the Dakota Access Pipeline has been long and brutal, but it is clear that their voices have finally been heard, and on Friday, the Obama administration ordered a halt on construction until further environmental studies can be done.

The president’s decision comes after a long and violent protest has lasted on the land between the construction crew and company owners and the Native Americans and supporters who want the pipeline gone.

Activists were dealt a blow on Friday when a federal judge denied their request for a halt, but the Obama administration made their decision shortly after, lifting the spirits of those who have fought so long.

Below is an interview of one of those jubilant activists who is overjoyed to see the halt on the pipeline, but who is still cautious of what is to come.



Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at