On December the 4, the world press declared victory on behalf of the Water Protectors. The necessary Environmental Impact Statement that had not been conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers was ordered and the easement denied. It was hailed as a major victory for the Sioux.
Many of us understand that it is less expensive for Energy Transfer Partners to pay the fines and continue drilling, however, we are in a spirit of celebration.
As we approached the main entrance to Oceti Sakowin I could feel the energy already. Within moments of arriving this sense of peace and comfort washed over me. There was no anxiety of the unknown even though I was over a thousand miles from “my home” and virtually surrounded by strangers.