The US government has temporarily halted the construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota, which had angered Native Americans.
The decision came after a US federal judge had ruled that the construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ pipeline should continue, rejecting a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to halt the work.
In addition to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, nearly 100 more tribes from across the US, landowners and environmental activists have been voicing opposition to the project.
On September 3, several Native Americans clashed with security officers near the construction site after bulldozers had destroyed sacred tribal sites.
There are fears that the project could endanger drinking water for thousands of tribal members and millions more downstream.