Dakota Access Pipeline protests continue, despite permit approval

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The Army Corps of Engineers has approved all permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. But that decision doesn't sit well with Native Americans who oppose the project.

Upset would be an understatement for how the the people of the Sacred Stone Camp in Cannonball feel. Many of them feel like their comments were completely ignored.

Wiyaka Eagleman has lived at the Sacred Stone Camp since April 1.

"It's a spirit camp, a pray camp. We invite everybody because it's not a native issue, it's a human rights issue," says Wiyaka Eagleman, Water and Land Protector.

The pipeline will travel through a number of counties across the state and some of those are tribal lands. Eagleman says that having the pipeline in those areas will be breaking treaties.

"You know it's just another genocidal act against our people. It's been happening for over 500 years. Time to stand up and fight these big corporations," says Eagleman.

Another party upset at the corps decision is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

"It was placed just north of our reservation as if we didn't exist. The plans were drafted without any input from the tribes," says Dave Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman.

Members at the Sacred Stone Camp say they're going to do everything they can to make sure that the pipeline doesn't get put in place.

"We're going to remain here. We're waiting to make moves, but pray is one of our key things right now," says Eagleman.

Archambault also says that another route just north of Bismarck was proposed but because of a number of reasons it wasn't chosen.

"The fact that no matter how much noise we made we were still ignored, The fact that we're not being listened to tells us what this nation thinks about Native Americans," says Archambault.

The tribe will now do everything legally possible to make sure the pipeline doesn't affect tribal land.

Construction for the Dakota Access pipeline has already started in a number of counties across the state.