N.D. Pipeline Protester: It's About Our Rights As Native People

by Garry Watts September 14, 2016, 0:43

A status conference in the Standing Rock Sioux's lawsuit is scheduled for September 16.

"Having done so, the Court must nonetheless conclude that the Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted here", the decision said.

Thousands of people from more than 200 Native American tribes have supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's efforts to protect its lands, waters and sacred sites during construction of the pipeline, according to the tribe.

"This protest that has come up, I think it is unfortunate".

After months of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native Americans, a federal judge denied the tribe's request to stop construction of the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.

The Department of Justice, the Army and the Interior Department jointly announced that construction would pause on the pipeline near North Dakota's Lake Oahe, a major water source on the Missouri River for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The statement also said that the case “highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes views on these types of infrastructure projects.”.

"They're going to try to bury this pipeline under the waterways that go through their community and supply water to that community", Mitchell said.

The president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council said he was disappointed with the government's decision to intervene and called it "flagrant overreach" that will result in more oil being moved by trucks and trains.

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This came after a federal judge struck down the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's request for apreliminary injunction earlier Friday, filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tribal historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said after the ruling that it gives her “a great amount of grief.

'Even if the outcome of the court's ruling is not in our favor, we will continue to explore every lawful option and fight against the construction of the pipeline.

Amy Goodman said in a statement, "I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters".

"It's the beginning of a continuing legal battle", Archambault said Thursday while speaking to pipeline opponents who are camping north of the reservation.

The company Energy Transfer Partners thought it had all the approval it needed to build the 1172 mile-long, $3.78 billion pipeline. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has activated the North Dakota National Guard, with a handful of soldiers providing security at traffic checkpoints, and another 100 on standby to respond to any incidents.

The company plans to have the pipeline completed this year.

For her, this protest is about more than opposing an oil pipeline.

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