According to several sources on the ground at Standing Rock including The Young Turks‘ Jordan Chariton and NowThis‘ Armand Aviram, the Army Corp of Engineers has struck a decisive victory for the NoDAPL protest by denying the corporation building the Dakota Access Pipeline the easement they so wanted.

The corporation appealed to the Army Corp to allow them to construct a portion of the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. This easement was denied on Sunday, meaning that the corporation will have to look elsewhere for a route for their pipeline.

The decision to act on this Sunday afternoon was no doubt informed by the scores of protesters pouring into the camps at Standing Rock, including well over 2,000 U.S. veterans who are working together to protect the water protectors from the state-sponsored Oil Police.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe released as statement shortly after news broke, thanking the President and his administration for taking action. The statement also thanked the thousands who protested, as well as the millions who supported the protest in other ways.

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