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Standing Rock Litigation
LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2016, 5:00 PM PT
On the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit.
What happened on Friday, Sept. 9?
The decision by the federal agencies to halt any additional permitting and reconsider its past permits is a game-changer.
While the Court preliminarily rejected our legal claims, the government heard the Tribe’s call that the process was unfair. It will not issue additional permits needed to cross under the Missouri River, will review the permits it already granted, and urges the pipeline to stand down on any construction within 20 miles of the Missouri. Even more significantly, it recognized that the administration will revisit the whole way in which the government interacts with Indian Tribes on major projects like this one, as we have long advocated.
The decision gives everyone a much-needed “time out” at Lake Oahe and an opportunity to rethink both this pipeline and the broader way in which we approach such projects. While the legal fight will surely continue for now, the Administration has opened the door for genuine problem solving.
“Our hearts are full, on this historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and for tribes across the nation,” said David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “Native peoples have suffered generations of broken promises and today the federal government said that national reform is needed to better ensure that tribes have a voice on infrastructure projects like this pipeline.”
Where can I find statements from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe?
Please check the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Facebook page for regular statements and updates.
“I want to take a moment and reflect on this historic moment in Indian Country,” said David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in a press release issued by the Tribe on Friday. “But I know that our work is not done. We need to permanently protect our sacred sites and our water. There are areas on the construction route that do not fall within federal jurisdiction, so we will continue to fight.”
In advance of Friday’s court decision, the Tribe had issued several statements: