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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that it will not issue permits to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The decision came less than a day before state and local police and the company’s highly sophisticated security personnel were set to try to evict protesters from the sacred site, while hundreds of U.S. military victims pledged to shield the Native people with their bodies. Coming nearly at the end of President Obama’s term, this is not a final victory for the indigenous people, whose cause has spread worldwide, but it is a major victory nonetheless, as people celebrated with prayer, song and drumming around a bonfire. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

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