Mekasi Camp Horinek with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

In response to the Obama Administration’s announcement that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the final easement permit application needed to complete construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, and ordered a review of the route and Environmental Impact Statement, Bold Oklahoma’s Mekasi Camp Horinek issued the following statement:

“The decision of the Army Corps to deny the easement of the river crossing was a huge victory not only for the water protectors, and 17 million Americans that get their drinking water from the Missouri River, but it was a victory for the planet and all living things, for our children and for our future generations. While I commend the Obama administration for stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing, we now need him to call on the National Guard to enforce the law and the decision of the Army Corps to protect the Missouri River by shutting down the drill site and ensuring the tribes, the Water Protectors, and the American people that this decision will be upheld and enforced. It is now time for the Morton County Sheriff’s department to uphold the law and protect the natural resources of the state of North Dakota, as well as the residents on the reservations south of the pipeline drill site. We trust that the government, both state and federal, will uphold the law and protect the Missouri River from an unlawful pipeline drill.”
—Mekasi Camp Horinek, Bold Oklahoma