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In pictures: The amazing moment when Standing Rock activists realised they'd won

On Sunday, Native Americans and environmentalists celebrated the news that Obama's administration would halt the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The pipeline was set to cross the river half a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation border.

For months, tribal members protested the project, worried about the fact that a pipeline breach would threaten their drinking water supplies and disturb their ancestral land.

As word spread that US Army Corps of Engineers denied the grant for the pipeline, protesters broke out in jubilant celebration, with fireworks displayed around their tents. Some gathered around their campfires singing and cheering, while others marched carrying mirrored shields.

This has been a huge win for the historically persecuted Native American population, especially since they have been protesting for days and that too in sub zero temperatures.

(Text by Sehar Qazi, Photo curation by Vikas Kumar)

 
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