TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- A local veteran walked from Pawhuska to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota last month.
- He is there to protest the Dakota Access pipeline.
- U.S. officials said Sunday they plan to block the proposed route that impacts the tribe.
Thousands of protesters are celebrating Sunday after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they will block the route of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.
It’s been the subject of protests for months due to the proposed oil pipeline’s proximity to the Stand Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.
A Pawhuska veteran recently made headlines for walking more than 850 miles to stand with the protesters. He talked to FOX23 Sunday about the decision to block the pipeline.
“It’s an amazing experience. Totally unexpected. I really don’t have any words for it. It’s something you can only describe by being here,” Chris Turley said.
He said the long walk from Pawhuska to North Dakota was worth it.
“I came here to stand for something I believe in and it paid out,” Turley said.
Government officials said the decision to stop the pipeline was based on the need to explore other possible routes.
Turley plans to return home to Oklahoma in the next few days. However, this time it won’t be on foot.
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