Outside Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota (CNN) -- A prophecy warned that this time would come. A black snake would arrive to destroy the Earth. It is now slithering across this land, disturbing what's sacred and gearing up to poison the water.
The US Army Corps of Engineers will grant an easement in North Dakota for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, allowing the project to move toward completion despite the protests of Native Americans and environmentalists.
The 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline is nearly complete, except for a hotly contested section under North Dakota's Lake Oahe that's been the topic of massive protests. But now, the Army is allowing that final section to be built, two lawmakers said.
North Dakota lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a bill that would legalize accidentally running over protesters in the road, one of a series of actions in Republican-controlled states to discourage disruptive protests.
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