Here's where the Dakota Access Pipeline would go - if it's finished

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline through a Missouri River reservoir Sunday.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux is calling on pipeline opponents to leave a camp in southern North Dakota where they've been protesting for months, as unsafe winter weather sets in.

The comments follow after Trump came out Thursday to say for the very first time that he supports the completion of the pipeline - an unsurprising announcement given the president-elect's support for other fossil fuels projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline as well as his comments claiming climate change is a "hoax".

Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas-based natural gas pipeline operator in partnership with the Dakota Access pipeline, responded to the easement denial in a statement Sunday night, calling the decision to halt the construction "a purely political action". Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for civil works, said her decision was based on the need to consider alternative routes.

Members of the tribe are protesting the pipeline because they say it could contaminate water and that the route threatens sacred lands.

The camp is on federal land, and the Army Corps of Engineers had set a Monday deadline for people to leave, citing safety concerns.

In a story December 4 about an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant the easement.

In a statement, Dave Archambault II, tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, praised the Obama administration's decision and thanked tribal youth and the group's supporters "around the globe" for their role in halting the pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners concluded with a threat against the decided reroute - meaning the fight might not be over.

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Native American activists and other protesters have been gathering near the project site since August and have seen their numbers swell in recent days with the arrival of hundreds of USA military veterans, garnering blanket media coverage.

"From the beginning of this process, the pipeline and the oil company have said they're going to go through regardless", Chris Schafer, a Bend resident heading to Standing Rock, said Monday. "The water protectors have done it", a Greenpeace spokeswoman, Lilian Molina, said.

Long before the Standing Rock dissent, DAPL was proposed to run past Bismarck, North Dakota's largest city and capital. So, if the Trump administration were to immediately reverses course and authorize construction, the pipeline likely wouldn't be completed until April or May.

"Nothing happened, except they made the people think that everything's okay so they'll leave", said LaFountaine.

"The inspiration that has been displayed through indigenous resistance at Standing Rock can also translate into various places, " she said.

"But the existential threat we as Native people face has not subsided".

"I have grandchildren, and I'm going to have great grandchildren", she said.

Some veterans will take part in a prayer ceremony Monday, during which they'll apologize for historical detrimental conduct by the military toward Native Americans and ask for forgiveness, Clark said.

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