Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the… Read more »

Senator Elizabeth Warren Makes a Statement on Standing Rock

by Elizabeth Warren I don’t know how anyone could watch the news and not be horrified by what’s happening at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of others have opposed a pipeline that many believe risks contaminating the tribe’s water supply. What have they faced in response?… Read more »

Reid: The Violence at Standing Rock Must End

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today calling on the relocation of the Dakota Access pipeline and urging for an end to the violence against the Standing Rock Reservation. Below are his remarks: This month is Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we honor the contributions of American… Read more »

Standing Rock Pipeline Protesters, Ordered to Leave, Dig In

“I ain’t going nowhere,” one man said as he and fellow protesters on the frozen prairie prepared for what they believe may be their last stand. CANNON BALL, N.D. — Lee Plenty Wolf knows the government wants him to clear out of the snowbound tepee where he stokes the fire, sings traditional Oglala songs and… Read more »

Trump supports Dakota pipeline – but claims it’s not due to his investment in it

Transition team says that the president-elect’s endorsement of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline ‘has nothing to do with his personal investments’ Donald Trump has said he supports a controversial oil pipeline that runs next to a Native American reservation in North Dakota – a project that the president-elect is personally invested in. A briefing from… Read more »

Voices from Standing Rock

From across the country, they have come to this place called Cannon Ball. Thousands of them. Native Americans and military veterans. Environmentalists. Police from nine states. Movie stars. Cattle ranchers and lumberjacks, college students and nurses, landscapers, investment bankers and a waitress from a Florida restaurant called Smokey Bones. All have been drawn by a… Read more »

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.