Sunday 4 December is being heralded as a historic day for Native Americans, following news the US Army Corp of Engineers will not allow an oil pipeline to pass close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
Indigenous people, drawn from over 200 tribes, have been protesting against the Dakota Access pipeline for months amidst claims it threatens the Standing Rock Tribe’s water supply and has despoiled sacred sites.
An estimated 10,000 people joined the movement, forming campsites close to the most controversial section of the pipeline, near the Missouri River.
The Army Corp’s decision, prompted by President Barack Obama’s administration, is a major victory for the camps and for proponents of Native American sovereignty.
But will the decision to halt the pipeline last? And what will happen to the vast camps at Standing Rock?