Federal Civil Rights Watchdog Will Travel To Standing Rock

WASHINGTON — The US Commission on Civil Rights will send a delegation to visit the campsite in North Dakota, where hundreds of people have gathered to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The goal is to meet with tribal leaders, water protectors, as well as state and government authorities. The commission is the… Read more »

Boxer to Introduce Bill Protecting Water of Tribes and Municipalities

Legislation Would Require Permission of Federally Recognized Tribes and Communities Before Projects Affecting Their Water Supply Are Approved by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that she will introduce the Protect Our Drinking Water Act of 2016, which would require permission from federally recognized tribes… Read more »

Tribes Ask International Human Rights Commission to Stop Violence Against Water Protectors at Standing Rock

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe (the “Tribes”) announced today that they have requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights call on the United States to adopt precautionary measures to prevent irreparable harm to the Tribes, their members, and others resulting from the ongoing and imminent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”), and from the harassment and violence being perpetrated against people gathered in prayer and protest in opposition to DAPL.

Audio: Tribe objected to pipeline nearly 2 years before lawsuit

CANNON BALL – Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribefrom a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, told The Wall Street Journal the pipeline route that crosses just north… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issues proclamation in support of Oceti Sakowin camp safety

Calls on Obama to stop civil rights and law enforcement abuses Cannon Ball, N.D.— Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II today issued a proclamation in support of water protectors who face continued civil rights abuses and excessive use of force by law enforcement. “This week is the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.… Read more »

Reps. Huffman, Grijalva Demand Accountability for Brutal Law Enforcement Tactics at DAPL

Nov 28, 2016 Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today requested an immediate meeting with White House and Department of Justice officials to demand accountability for alarming treatment of Water Protectors and peaceful demonstrators at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, and to denounce the closure of the Oceti… Read more »

30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped

The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock. The increasingly brutal police response to protests over the construction of The Dakota Access Pipeline has pushed the debate over the safety of oil infrastructure into the national spotlight. From the beginning of their anti-pipeline organizing, the… Read more »

U.S. veterans to form human shield at Dakota pipeline protest

By Terray Sylvester | CANNON BALL, N.D. CANNON BALL, N.D. More than 2,000 U.S. military veterans plan to form a human shield to protect protesters of a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota, organizers said, just ahead of a federal deadline for activists to leave the camp they have been occupying.It… Read more »