UPDATE: On Aug. 18, AJ+ released the following video showing that construction on part of the Dakota Access Pipeline had been shut down as a result of the protests.
Earlier in the week, AJ+ released this video showing tribal activists taking action to protect their land as construction crews prepared to break ground for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Indian Country Today Media Network has been covering the story:
The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project is back in the news. Over the weekend, tribal activists faced off against lines of police in Hunkpapa Territory near Cannon Ball as construction crews prepared to break ground for the new pipeline, while Standing Rock Sioux governmental officials resolved to broaden their legal battle to stop the project.
On July 26, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was stunned to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given its approval for the pipeline to run within a half-mile of the reservation without proper consultation or consent. Also, the new 1,172 mile Dakota Access Pipeline will cross Lake Oahe (formed by Oahe Dam on the Missouri) and the Missouri River as well, and disturb burial grounds and sacred sites on the tribe’s ancestral Treaty lands, according to SRST officials.