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Cousins Jessica and Michelle Decoteau, of Belcourt, both enrolled members in the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, don slogans opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. The pair, who participated in a peaceful protest outside the North Dakota state capitol, say they stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)

Trump signed executive orders to advance the Keystone and Dakota pipelines


UPDATE 11:37 a.m.: Trump signed several executive orders Tuesday morning to expedite stalled construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines 

He also signed orders intended to streamline the environmental review process and limit regulations on federal construction projects.

ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump will sign executive orders moving forward with the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline, NBC News reports.

The Dakota Access pipeline sparked months of protest that culminated in the announcement that the pipeline would be rerouted. It is not clear if Trump will return to the former route or propose a new one. 

The Keystone XL pipeline's construction had also been halted under former President Obama's administration. 

Press secretary Sean Spicer reiterated Trump's support for the pipelines in his press briefing on Monday. 

The Dakota Access pipeline has been stalled while the Army Corps of Engineers carries out a study to decide whether or not to let the pipeline cross the Missouri River in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux say the original route will contaminate their water supply. 

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A person looks out over the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as the sun rises in Cannon Ball, N.D., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Protesters who celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline vowed to remain camped on federal land as they wait to find out whether President-elect Donald Trump might seek to overturn a decision that delayed the $3.8 billion project. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Protests have flared up again at Standing Rock in recent weeks. The Independent reports 27 people were arrested last week, and police used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets on protesters. 

At one point, an unarmed missile launcher was spotted near the protest sites.

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