Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault calls DAPL decision, statements 'win for all Indians' at Bismarck protest

Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 9:19 PM CDT
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Protesters in Bismarck were following along with the rest of the country today awaiting the U.S. District Court's ruling on the Dakota Access Pipeline. First reacting to the decision from Judge Boasberg and then to the statement from the Department of Justice and other federal organizations. The protesters experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions.

As the protest filled the Capitol grounds, one by one demonstrators shook the hands of North Dakota Highway Patrolmen stationed to keep the peace.

Then a flurry of news from Washington, D.C.

"You had the judges decision on one end of it which is kind of a downer and then right after that you get this joint statement by the three federal agencies, who basically halt construction underneath the river, and it's my response was I was just ecstatic. I was so excited and happy," said Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network.

First, a federal decision from Washington D.C. denying the Standing Rock Sioux's injunction against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"My first reaction was we're not going to stop. We're going to keep going. We're going to stand here till they stop. Because it won't stop. We have to make it stop, and this is where it's going to stop,” said Tweesna Mils, Nisqually Tribe.

Then a statement from the Department of Justice requesting to stop construction on the controversial pipeline.

"It's a win for all Indians. It's a win for indigenous people," said Dave Archambault Standing Rock Sioux Chairmen.

But throughout the day, the message was peace.

"I ask that we still remain calm, we still remain peaceful, we still remain with prayer," said Archambault.

Protesters know the effort is not over.

"This is a momentary victory. It does not kill the pipeline. It does not stop the entire pipeline, but at least we are protecting the river for the time being and so that's something to celebrate," said Goldtooth.

An appeal date for the judge's ruling has been set for September 14.