The Atlantic: The Battle at Standing Rock

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been protesting the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline for months. The pipeline could both threaten their water source and destroy sacred sites. “Whenever there’s a resource that needs to be exploited, our lands just kept getting taken,” says one member of the tribe in this… Read more »

U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters

United Nations experts have called for a halt in construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, arguing it could threaten the health and well-being of Native Americans. The U.N. experts also condemned local authorities’ violent crackdown on pipeline protesters, accusing them of using unjustified and excessive force in their “increasingly militarized response.” Maina Kiai, the U.N.… Read more »

Amid Reports of Lake Oahe Drill in Place, Energy Transfer Files Suit Against Army Corps

On Monday, November 14—the same day the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced it would not grant an easement to drill under the Missouri River pending further analysis—Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit to push for completion of the pipeline without further interference from federal agencies and regulations. Energy Transfer Partners, the company that… Read more »

Indian Country Today Media Network: Water protector legal challenges

by Steffani Cochran I recently returned from spending time at Standing Rock as a legal observer. The experience was nothing like I anticipated and yet one of the most important experiences of my life. I woke each morning and went to sleep each night to prayers, songs, stories and drumming. But my day also began… Read more »

Dakota Pipeline Backers Ask Court to Order Final Approval by Corps

The companies building the contested four-state Dakota Access Pipeline asked a federal court to intervene so they can complete the final section in North Dakota, after the Obama administration again declined to provide the needed approvals on Monday. Meanwhile, opponents of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline fanned out Tuesday across the country to rally at the… Read more »