Individuals who were protesting the Dakota Access pipeline and looking to protect the water in Lake Oahe in North Dakota recently won a significant victory. The Department of the Army announced, after several protests against the pipeline, that the final easement for the project would not be granted.
However, the Native American tribes in the area know that this victory is only temporary. The win also seems temporary and fragile because Donald Trump, who was the president-elect at the time of the protest, supported the stalled pipeline project. Trump’s incoming administration is set to offer less obstacles when it comes to completing the project. The administration will likely start working on the project again soon now that Trump is officially in office.
Dave Archambualt II, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, a tribe that has been fighting the pipeline venture for months, states that he’s hopeful that speaking with the Trump administration will affect change. Archambault II says that he’s like to meet with President Trump in person to discuss the pipeline. He says that he would share his concerns with the president and explain the real issues that come with the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux chair even asserts that he feels that he and his tribe can help President Trump secure his legacy in a positive way by taking the concerns associated with the pipeline to heart.
Archambault states that the Standing Rock Sioux has not had any interactions with Trump or his team and a spokesperson for the president didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment concerning the issue.