Natives and protesters still wary about the future of Dakota Access Pipeline

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BETTENDORF, Iowa - A temporary sigh of relief tonight following the Dakota Access Pipeline battle.

The US Army Corps of Engineers announcing they will not approve the pipeline to be built near the Sioux reservation but some natives aren't claiming victory just yet.

“I just had tears of joy,” says Regina Tsosie.

For thousands of Native Americans and protesters there's a sense of hope.

“At first I couldn't believe it. I was just like, yes, this fight stood for something,” says Josie Ironshield, from Standing Rock Sioux.

The US Army Corps of Engineers say it will not allow a portion of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a North Dakota lake, saying developers must build a different route.

“We know this fight isn't over. This is just a small victory,” added Ironshield.

The Sage Sisters live in the Quad Cities and have held local rallies to support the Sioux Nation's fight.

They are taking the latest decision with caution.

“I was hesitant to get overly excited once I had a second to pause because I knew they were going to fight it somehow,” says Melisa Marroquin

On Monday, December 5, 2016 pipeline developer, Energy Transfer said it is "committed to this project and nothing the Obama administration has done changes that."

The statement leaves the future uncertain for some.

“For this to be done to my family, it's not right. It’s not right,” says Ironshield.

Another Quad City resident, Dustin Cobb is a medic from Davenport. For two weeks he's helped those injured on the front lines at standing rock.

“Everybody here in camp, there is about seven thousand strong right now is committed to being here until it's over,” says Cobb.

That means this protest camp will stay here as well and the Sage Sisters hope more people will recognize what they're fighting for.

“Come join the fight with us,” says Ironshield.

To find out more about the Sage Sister’s efforts, click here.

Although the army’s decision to consider different routes was mentioned, the Trump administration could decide to allow the original route.

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