Standing Rock Sioux Tribe update on Jan. 30 status hearing

Cannon Ball, N.D. — This morning, Judge Boasberg convened a status hearing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dakota Access, and U.S. Dept. of Justice attorneys representing the Army Corps. The judge questioned the government as to when they would have a decision in response to the President’s memorandum of January 24th. The government responded… Read more »

Letter to President Trump

“Your memorandum issues these directives with the condition that these actions are carried out ‘to the extent permitted by law.’ I would like to point out that the law now requires an Environmental Impact Statement. The USACE now lacks statutory authority to issue the easement because it has committed to the EIS process. Federal law, including the requirement of reasonable agency decision making, prevents that.”

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calls on President Trump to honor the EIS process

Cannon Ball, N.D. — In a letter published today, Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, urges President Trump to allow for the completion of a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Trump’s Memorandum called on the Department of Army to advance DAPL construction. The Memorandum also calls for the rescinding or modification… Read more »

Trump Executive Memorandum on DAPL violates law and tribal treaties

The decision puts water for 17 million people at risk Cannon Ball, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights. The Trump administration’s politically motivated decision… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Department of Justice Move to Dismiss Dakota Access Lawsuit

Cannon Ball, N.D. — Today, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., asking District Judge James Boasberg to throw out Dakota Access’s lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. The Department of Justice, which represents the Corps, filed a similar motion. The motions do not effect the lawsuit… Read more »

Holy Rage: Lessons from Standing Rock

by The New Yorker “Imagine if Energy Transfer Partners planned to drill underneath Jerusalem.” The snow-scoured hills and buttes of the Missouri Breaks are dotted with isolated houses, until the sudden appearance of the Oceti Sakowin encampment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The presence of so many people catches at the heart. Snow-dusted tepees,… Read more »

Force the Banks Out of Standing Rock

Stand with the Sioux tribe and divest from mega-banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. After months of Native American water protectors gathering in peace, prayer and solidarity to protect their sacred lands, the Obama administration announced on Dec. 4 that it’s sided with the Standing Rock Sioux and halted the construction of the Dakota Access… Read more »