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12/04/2016 09:34 pm ET Updated Dec 05, 2016

This Is What Victory Over The Dakota Access Pipeline At Standing Rock Looks Like

The tribe, along with scores of activists, fought for months to stop the pipeline's construction.
Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for t
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Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

OCETI SAKOWIN CAMPGROUND, N.D ― The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters celebrated a historic victory Sunday after federal authorities halted construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had denied the final easement required for the $3.8 billion project to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The Army said it will now explore alternative routes pending an environmental impact study.

The 1,172-mile pipeline starts at the Bakken Formation in northwest North Dakota near the Canadian border and runs southeast to southern Illinois. 

The Standing Rock Sioux, which had been joined in a months-long protest by environmental, human rights and social justice activists, opposed the oil pipeline due to concerns over water contamination, environmental destruction and damage to ancestral sites.

“My hands go up to all the water protectors who have stood up to protect tribal treaty rights and to protect Mother Earth,” Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, said in a statement Sunday. “Thank you for Standing For Standing Rock.”

See more images from the victory below.

  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate as they march back to the Oceti Sakowin campground after they found out the Army
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    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate as they march back to the Oceti Sakowin campground after they found out the Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement to drill under Lake Oahe on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
  • Drummers at the Oceti Sakowin campground perform a victory song.
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    Drummers at the Oceti Sakowin campground perform a victory song.
  • Lance King, 33, an Oglala Lakota from Lyle, South Dakota, celebrates with Kayti Bunny after the announcement that the Army Co
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    Lance King, 33, an Oglala Lakota from Lyle, South Dakota, celebrates with Kayti Bunny after the announcement that the Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement to drill under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Lita Boyd, a veteran of the U.S. Army, leads a group of veterans to the checkin area at the Oceti Sakowin campground north of
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    Lita Boyd, a veteran of the U.S. Army, leads a group of veterans to the checkin area at the Oceti Sakowin campground north of Cannon Ball, N.D.
  • Cornel West speaks during a multi-faith congregation at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Cornel West speaks during a multi-faith congregation at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate after learning that the Army Corps of Engineers denied the drilling permit to dri
    Josh Morgan for The Huffington Post
    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate after learning that the Army Corps of Engineers denied the drilling permit to drill under Lake Oahe near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
  • Tamara Bliss Sharp of Oakland, Calif. prays at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Tamara Bliss Sharp of Oakland, Calif. prays at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters sing and celebrate after the Army Corps of Engineers announced they won't be granting the e
    Josh Morgan for The Huffington Post
    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters sing and celebrate after the Army Corps of Engineers announced they won't be granting the easement to drill under Lake Oahe.
  • Thousands gather in the main area of the Oceti Sakowin campground to celebrate after the Army Corps of Engineers announced th
    Josh Morgan for The Huffington Post
    Thousands gather in the main area of the Oceti Sakowin campground to celebrate after the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will not be granting a drilling permit.
  • Evan Porter, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, checks into the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Evan Porter, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, checks into the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • Horse riders meet at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Horse riders meet at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters participate in a victory march to the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters participate in a victory march to the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • The Showdown at Standing Rock is a win for Native Tribes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned down a key permit for a the
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    The Showdown at Standing Rock is a win for Native Tribes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned down a key permit for a the Dakota Access Pipeline that was slated to drill beneath the Missouri River and through sacred Sioux grounds on Dec. 5, 2016.
  • Rob McHabey, right, a U.S. Navy veteran, walks with Ben Wright, left, a U.S. Army Veteran, at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
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    Rob McHabey, right, a U.S. Navy veteran, walks with Ben Wright, left, a U.S. Army Veteran, at the Oceti Sakowin campground.
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters congregate on North Dakota Highway 1806 north of Cannon Ball, N.D. 
    Josh Morgan for The Huffington Post
    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters congregate on North Dakota Highway 1806 north of Cannon Ball, N.D. 
  • Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate as they watch a group of veterans march into the Oceti Sakaowin camp.
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    Dakota Access Pipeline protesters celebrate as they watch a group of veterans march into the Oceti Sakaowin camp.
  • Troy Fairbanks, right, of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe cheers after hearing Chief Arvol Looking Horse announce to members of
    Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/Getty Images
    Troy Fairbanks, right, of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe cheers after hearing Chief Arvol Looking Horse announce to members of over 300 nations that the pipeline's construction has been halted.
  • Activist Brenda Cohen cries tears of joy as she celebrates at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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    Activist Brenda Cohen cries tears of joy as she celebrates at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • Activists hold hands during a prayer circle as they try to surround the entire camp at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the
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    Activists hold hands during a prayer circle as they try to surround the entire camp at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • Chief Arvol Looking Horse arrives to the Oceti Sakowin campground north.
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    Chief Arvol Looking Horse arrives to the Oceti Sakowin campground north.
  • Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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    Activists celebrate at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • A Sioux American flag hangs upside down at the encampment at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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    A Sioux American flag hangs upside down at the encampment at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • Troy Fairbanks, right, of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, holds back tears as he hugs a friend after hearing Chief Arvol Looki
    Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/Getty Images
    Troy Fairbanks, right, of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, holds back tears as he hugs a friend after hearing Chief Arvol Looking Horse announce, to members of over 300 nations, that the US Army Corps of Engineers will no longer grant access to the Dakota Access Pipeline to put their pipe line on the boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • People celebrate in Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access
    Stephanie Keith / Reuters
    People celebrate in Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
  • Activist Brenda Cohen cries tears of joy as she celebrates at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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    Activist Brenda Cohen cries tears of joy as she celebrates at Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
  • Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied.
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    Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied.
  • People celebrate in Oceti Sakowin camp.
    Stephanie Keith / Reuters
    People celebrate in Oceti Sakowin camp.
  • Native American and other activists celebrate.
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    Native American and other activists celebrate.
  • Native americans lift up their hands to celebrate their victory.
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    Native americans lift up their hands to celebrate their victory.
  • Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Sioux nation, participates in a ceremony in Oceti Sakowin camp.
    Stephanie Keith / Reuters
    Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Sioux nation, participates in a ceremony in Oceti Sakowin camp.

CORRECTION: A caption for a photograph previously included in this article misidentified a pair of feathers as eagle feathers.

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