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It began with a handful of people from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
They set up camp in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline that would cut through their ancestral lands.
That small protest turned into a movement.
Their call to action brought thousands of people from across North America.
They stood before armed police in protest, many getting injured.
Until last Sunday, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers put a stop the final permit to continue construction.
It’s was seen as a victory, but not all want to leave, despite the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calling them do so.
“By them staying there they are putting their lives at risk. They’re also putting the people that will be sent out to rescue them,” said Dave Archambault. “Their lives will be at risk and so it’s a selfish act.”
With an environmental impact report promised and the potential to have the pipeline rerouted, the water protectors’, as they are known, work is done.
“All the work we have to do to make sure this decision by the Corps of Engineers does not get reversed, it doesn’t have to be here. The purpose of the camp has been served,” said Archambault.
But some don’t see it his way. In fact, they think work is still going on.
“They haven’t stopped, they’re still digging. They have the drill pad set up over there,” said demonstrator Christopher Francisco. “We’ll still be here and a lot of people feel that they want to stay…I want to stay… I want to stay until it’s over.”