Army to Look for Alternative Routes for DAPL

Celebrations rang out on Sunday after news broke that the Army Corps of Engineers would be ending construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline as originally planned.

The pipeline was to be laid half a mile from the Dakota Sioux Standing Rock Tribe’s North Dakota Reservation, near the Missouri River, which the Tribe has claimed as a crucial water supply that could have been polluted by the pipeline.

Victory At Standing Rock: Army Blocks Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Ever since the beginning of April, water protectors from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many who supported them have been fighting against the construction of an oil pipeline under the Missouri River that could endanger the water supply for thousands of people. After being deprived of supplies, assaulted by police officers from across the country and hosed down with water cannons in freezing temperatures, they’ve finally been awarded their victory.

The Army Corp of Engineers officially announced that they would be blocking the current plan to build the $3.7 pipeline and would look for alternative routes, according to CNN.

U.S. To Forgive $108 Billion In Student Loan Debt

Most, millennials in the United States are constantly dealing with the crushing weight of living in a country that encourages higher education, but forces them to take out thousands of dollars in loans to do so. Something clearly isn’t working in that equation.

To help ease the brunt of the dilemma, the U.S. government plans to forgive at least $108 billion in student loan debt over the next 10 to 20 years, according to Fortune.

Bresha Meadows Won’t Face A Life Sentence In Adult Court

Bresha Meadows’ future just got a lot clearer following a judge’s decision to not charge her as an adult after fatally shooting her abusive father.

If her case would’ve been taken out of juvenile court, she would’ve faced the risk of being sentenced to life in prison. Now, the biggest risk she faces is staying in the juvenile system until she’s 21 if convicted.

Mall Of America To Welcome First Black Santa

For many of us, mall Santas are as much a part of the holiday season as anything else. But it would lead to a lot of difficult questions for our families when your house would be full of dark skinned St. Nicholas depictions but the one you’d take pictures with every year looked nothing like them.

Well, the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, has hired its first black Santa Claus and changing the way little children think of the man in red. 

Officer Who Shot Keith Lamont Scott Won’t Be Charged

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by Charlotte police in late September. Officer Brentley Vinson reportedly shot Scott after he allegedly left an SUV in front of his home with a gun in hand and denied orders to drop it.

District Attorney Andrew Murray has announced that Vinson would not face any charges in Scott’s death, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Nearly 900 Hate Crimes Were Committed Immediately Following Election

867 hate incidents were confirmed by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the ten days immediately following Donald Trump’s election. In 40 percent of those instances, Trump’s name or campaign slogan was directly used.

Incidents have targeted people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims, Jews and many more groups that Donald Trump targeted along his campaign, according to the Huffington Post

Oklahoma Artist Challenges Whiteness In Moving New Mural

If a survey were conducted across America where people were asked to describe their idea of what “the average American” looks like, results would likely vary. Many people would describe themselves. However, this country has never looked like one kind of people.

To truly depict that, street artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh took the opportunity to mount a piece of art in Oklahoma City as a constant reminder of what America truly looks like in 2016.