DAPL protesters say they are not surprised by Corps' announcement to grant easement

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CANNON BALL, N.D. - Despite the Army Corps' intention to grant an easement to Dakota Access to continue pipeline construction, pipeline protesters say the struggle isn't over.

Tuesday's announcement isn't stopping many Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from finishing the cleanup at the Oceti Sakowin camp, nor is it turning them away from the fight.

Standing Rock Sioux member Richard Gray Day says he's sad about the latest pipeline development, but feels more sorrow for a different group.

Gray Day says despite the Corps' announcement and having to leave the main camp, people aren't moving too far. Other protesters say new camps are developing, and they were prepared for this.

"It's disappointing, but not surprising. And I think that's always been the case that they were going to try and build this pipeline, and they have very little respect for the law," says Bryce Phillips, Seattle.

Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement that they've sent a letter directly to President Trump and filed a lawsuit to stop the easement.

Gray Day says he and others are at peace with how they will be remembered by history.

"In time, the world will know we were right," says Gray Day.

The Army Corps says the Oceti Sakowin camp will be closed by February 22.

Those working to clean the camp seem to be making progress. Wednesday there was noticeably less garbage and structures in the area.