Tribe Chairman responds to Obama's announcement to reroute pipeline

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President Barack Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is examining whether the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline can be rerouted in southern North Dakota to alleviate the concerns of American Indians.

Erin Schrode, a 25-year-old activist who is running for Congress in California, was interviewing a Native American man about his opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, which cuts through Native American land and has prompted fierce protests resulting in more than 400 arrests since August.

Hundreds of activists have moved onto the site in the past month to fight the almost 1,200-mile pipeline, which they fear could harm cultural sites and drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

He said a route that would follow existing west-east and north-south oil pipeline corridors that avoid Missouri River crossings would be acceptable to him. The federal government in September ordered a temporary halt to construction on Army Corps of Engineers land around and beneath the lake while the agency reviews its permitting of the project.

The pipeline would carry about 500,000 gallons of oil a day through South Dakota and Iowa, joining up eventually with an existing pipeline in IL.

The company building the pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Pipelines, say the proposed pipeline would be safe.

Protesters, many affiliated with the tribe or supporters of its cause, had built a wooden bridge Wednesday morning across Cantapeta Creek, according to the Morton County Sheriff's Department. Right now, she said, the 30-day stay is only a proposal.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has not weighed in on the find. Somehow people seem to forget that this land is sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

"They can reroute this, they can definitely reroute this away from the water", Cristina Danforth, Oneida Tribal Chairwoman said.

As many as 50 protesters gathered Friday behind heavy plywood sheets and the burned vehicles, facing a line of concrete barriers, military vehicles and police in riot gear.

"They are temporary until the Correctional Center can get them [the people detained in mass arrests] processed into our facility or transferred to another facility in North Dakota", DOCR added. There's no timetable for a decision.

Obama called it "a challenging situation".

Redhawk writes."You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions", water protector RedHawk writers.

"It reminds me of something like a foreign country, what's happened here with all the destruction", she said.

In one Facebook live video, protesters can be heard screaming at the police officers who are standing by the sacred burial site.