“A huge victory for the people of Standing Rock.”
Chance The Rapper last night hailed the “American heroes” whose protests helped block plans to drill under the Missouri river as part of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Solange, Wu-Tang Clan and Alicia Keys also took to social media to celebrate the victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose victory in the dispute was confirmed on Saturday (December 3) in a statement from the Army Corps of Engineers.
The hard-fought protest saw thousands of activists camp near the construction site for months in opposition to the oil pipeline, which was largely due to concerns over water contamination and destruction of ancestral sites. Federal authorities will now be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
Throughout the campaign, many artists have voiced their support for the protest, with members of Radiohead, along with Kathleen Hanna and Vic Mensa all signing an open letter to Obama, organised by UK artist Kate Nash. Labels including Dark Entries records donated a portion of their sales towards Standing Rock, while Neil Young performed at the protest site for his 71st birthday last month.
The win has since been celebrated by everyone from Chance The Rapper to Dawn Richard – see a selection of their responses below.