Dept of Justice Affirms Lake Oahe DAPL permit on-hold while it addresses concerns from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Bismark, N.D.-  U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle reiterated via email today that the Army will not issue a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline [DAPL] to cross Lake Oahe while it examines the issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Continue reading

141 Water Protectors Arrested as Police Escalate Militarized Response

On Saturday, hundreds of water protectors from different nations were met with violence by militarized police in riot gear, and approximately 141 were arrested. Four protectors locked themselves to a disabled car at an active construction site, stopping construction for approximately 7 hours. Continue reading

Citing 1851 Treaty, Water Protectors Establish Road Blockade and Expand Frontline #NoDAPL Camp

Cannon Ball, ND – This morning, at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. Continue reading

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman’s Statement at U.S. Court of Appeals Injunction Hearing

On October 5, 2016, Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe read the following statement after a court hearing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during the appeal process. A ruling wasn’t issued, keeping the temporary halt to construction in place until the court decides. Continue reading

Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction, But Obama Administration Halts Construction at Missouri River Crossing

Today, U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg denied the preliminary injunction request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to cease construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Soon after, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior issued a joint statement that halts construction at the contentious Missouri river crossing. Continue reading