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Update: Protesters react to pipeline news

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UPDATE: Hundreds of demonstrators near the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp broke into cheers and chanted "water is life" in the Lakota Sioux language as news spread that the federal government won't grant an easement for the project in southern North Dakota.

Some in the crowd banged drums.

Miles Allard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said he was pleased by the decision but remained cautious, saying opponents of the pipeline "don't know what Trump is going to do."

Allard says he's been telling his people "to stand up and not to leave until this is over."

Carla Youngbear of the Meskwaki Potawatomi tribe traveled from central Kansas to be at the protest site. She says she has grandchildren and is going to have great-grandchildren who will need water and that's why she was there.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it won't grant easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

The Department of the Army is not approving the easement that would allow the pipeline to flow under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

This comes when nearly 2,000 military veterans arrived to Standing Rock to protest the pipeline.

More details soon to come.

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