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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters in Portland celebrate Army Corps decision


What was supposed to be a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in northeast Portland Sunday instead turned into a celebration.

News that the Army Corps of Engineers had rejected a key part of the proposal that would have routed the pipeline through what the Standing Rock Sioux consider sacred ground brought cheers and declarations of victory.

Some in attendance cautioned the fight was far from over, especially with a new administration poised to assume control of the federal government. 

"We don't forget where we came from, and we don’t forget the battle that we are fighting, and that's our message to the new administration. We will confront you wherever you encroach," said Jacob Bureros, who helped organize Sunday's rally.

Phillip Killary, who spent part of November standing with protesters in North Dakota, spoke with a megaphone, recounting his experience to the audience of being exposed to mace and pepper spray while peacefully protesting.

"The power of prayer and the power of standing in peace shone through with this monumental victory," said Killary.

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