On Sunday, thousands of veterans flooded into the Standing Rock protest site to stand in solidarity with the largest tribal gathering in over a century. The gatherers aimed to protect sacred sites and the Missouri River water supply from the Dakota Access pipeline. And shortly after the veterans’ arrival, protesters received some unexpected — and highly welcome — news ahead of Monday’s mandatory evacuation deadline. A live MSNBC report announced that the pipeline’s final permit (involving an easement to continue construction) would be denied by federal officials. The news was further confirmed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which revealed plans for a review to determine whether the pipeline can reroute and avoid crossing the Missouri River.