The Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit required to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline
on Sunday, which elicited cheers of celebration on social media from many stars who'd spoken out and protested against the DAPL at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota in recent months.
Actress Shailene Woodley, who was arrested for criminal trespassing
back in October while protesting the DAPL construction, took to Twitter to celebrate, joking, "Soooo how many #NoDAPL babies you think are going to be made tonight?!"
Director Ava DuVernay praised the "historic protest" that drew attention to the important cause, tweeting, "Saluting the tribes that stood together and made the world pay attention. #StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL."
Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisaro took to Instagram to share her excitement over the news, writing, "CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of the Brave men and women who have worked so hard to protect the land and the water of Standing Rock, NORTH DAKOTA."
Daredevil actress and political activist Rosario Dawson also joined in on the celebration, sharing a picture of a Standing Rock protestor wearing a "Water Is Life" headband, which she captioned, "Thank You #WaterProtectors! The People United Can Never Be Defeated!!! Though every #victory needs to be safeguarded with #vigilance in order to be built upon we can still #rejoice today...!!"
They were among a number of stars who shared their elation over the long-awaited news.
Avengers star Mark Ruffalo shared a video to Instagram celebrating the victory, and wrote in the caption, "No win is ever permanent but we can rejoice today because together we created greater justice in the world, we opened the door to heal the old wounds sustained by our indigenous people."