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Lawsuit filed over highway shutdown during pipeline protest

Two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying the closure violated their and others' constitutional rights.

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6/11/2019

article Delegation seeks settlement of Dakota Access protest costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump's administration to address the state's year-old request for $...
article Greenpeace asks judge to dismiss lawsuit filed by pipeline developer
(North Dakota) -- Greenpeace is asking a state judge in North Dakota to dismiss claims by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that the environmental group...

5/17/2019

article BLOG: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and NRDC Confront Federal Failures
(Washington D.C.) -- NRDC was very pleased to host the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on their recent trip to Washington DC. The Tribe and NRDC met with various Congressional...

5/12/2019

article Book Review: Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice by Bikem Ekberzade
(Washington D.C.) -- In Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice, Bikem Ekberzade draws on the voices of Native American protesters to offer...

4/30/2019

article Standing Rock: Three Years and Still Fighting
(North Dakota) -- The third anniversary of the Water Protectors movement at Standing Rock passed by quietly earlier this month. With the pipeline construction industry...
article BLOG: Federal Judge Rules That The Public Has No Right To Know About Dakota Pipeline Spills
(USA) -- A federal judge has now given Energy Transfer Partners legal permission to hide information about which areas of the pipeline are at risk for spills.

4/28/2019

article Dakota Access company bought up dozens of anti-pipeline URLs
(Texas) -- Texas-based pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners went on a website-buying spree after months of fierce public protest over its Dakota Access Pipeline,...

4/27/2019

article Greenpeace wants lawsuit moved to possibly friendlier venue
(North Dakota) -- Greenpeace is seeking to move a lawsuit alleging it conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline from North Dakota state court to federal court,...

4/19/2019

article Noem wants ACLU lawsuit thrown out
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent...

3/31/2019

article South Dakota pipeline protest law worries Native American activists as ACLU files suit
(South Dakota) -- Nick Tilsen, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, attended his first protest before he was even 5 years old. Since then, he hasn't stopped...

3/17/2019

article State, tribal relations on the upswing
(North Dakota) -- This legislative session has taken a number of steps to improve state-tribal relations and everyone should be commended for it. Two years ago...

3/13/2019

article Corps fights tribal request for more pipeline study records
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials who permitted the Dakota Access oil pipeline are turning over some documents sought by American Indian tribes suing over the project...
article Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tense exchange with a Wall Street CEO is a glimpse of a plan to redefine how banks operate
(Washington D.C.) -- The US House Financial Services Committee used to be seen as a cozy spot for lawmakers seeking big donations checks from financial giants, but...

3/12/2019

article Corps fights tribal request for more pipeline study records
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials who permitted the Dakota Access oil pipeline are turning over some documents sought by American Indian tribes suing over the project...

3/7/2019

article Standing Rock Two Years Later: Public Health Lessons and the Physician’s Responsibility
(South Dakota) -- A close look at disease and suffering would lead most of us to the same conclusion: our natural environment is inextricably linked to our health. When...

3/2/2019

article Tribes accuse Corps of withholding pipeline study records
(North Dakota) -- Tribes battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are accusing the Army Corps of Engineers of withholding dozens of documents that could bolster...
article Author provides Native perspective of protests
(North Dakota) -- Nick Estes has written a very interesting and personal account of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and the encampments by the Missouri and Cannonball...

3/1/2019

article Minnesota House Republican upset about painting in which Trump gropes a woman's crotch
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota Rep. Josh Heintzeman doesn’t often criticize art on his Facebook page. But last week, the Republican from Nisswa went off on a painting...

2/28/2019

article Tribe says Corps' pipeline findings preordained
(North Dakota) -- The Native American tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says an Army Corps of Engineers document shows the agency concluded...

2/27/2019

article The Standing Rock protests, a cactus, and ‘choosing to live’: A poem in comic form
(Arizona) -- When Eryn Wise left Phoenix for the Standing Rock protests, I think her non-POC friends had a rude wake-up call when it came to how indigenous people are...

2/23/2019

article Dakota Access developer sues Greenpeace in state court
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is going after the environmental group Greenpeace in state court in North Dakota, after a judge tossed...

2/22/2019

article Government: Highway shutdown not aimed at tribe, media
(North Dakota) -- Government officials say the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was not aimed at...

2/13/2019

article North Dakota bill could permanently seal police, government records on pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- Years after first oil pipeline protests broke out, North Dakota lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would permanently seal public records...

2/12/2019

article Pipeline company behind infamous Standing Rock protest accused of blowing up a house in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania state government says that a major oil and gas pipeline company, currently building a network of pipelines in the state to transport...

2/11/2019

article Admitted pipeline vandalizer fights racketeering lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- A Phoenix woman who has publicly admitted to vandalism along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in two states is asking a judge to dismiss her...
article How A General-Turned-Oil Lobbyist Helped Push Through The Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A retired high-ranking officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers played a significant role lobbying his former agency to push through the permitting...

2/9/2019

article Protest highway shutdown lawsuit claims include extortion
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux tribal members and others who are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota...

1/28/2019

article A controversial bill aimed to block protests like Standing Rock is back in the Wyoming Legislature
(Wyoming) -- After a veto by then-Gov. Matt Mead at the close of the 2018 budget session, legislation that would create criminal charges for impeding fossil fuel...

1/26/2019

article Law officers respond to suit over pipeline protester injury
(North Dakota) -- Law enforcement officials in North Dakota say they aren’t to blame for a severe arm injury a New York City woman sustained while protesting the...

1/9/2019

article Judge allows tribes to challenge oil pipeline study
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge is allowing four Native American tribes in the Dakotas to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a Dakota Access oil...

1/7/2019

article Judge allows tribes to challenge Corps’ Dakota Access study
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge is allowing four Native American tribes in the Dakotas to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a Dakota Access oil...

1/5/2019

article Activist seeks dismissal from pipeline racketeering lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian and environmental activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit says her opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline was...
article MORON ALERT: Two years after Standing Rock, scars of protest remain
(North Dakota) -- For more than a year between 2016 and 2017, thousands of people crowded into three protests camps in North Dakota. Ostensibly, they were there to halt...

1/2/2019

article Standing Rock’s Surprising Legacy: A Push for Public Banks
(USA) -- In February 2017, Seattle became the first city to pass legislation to divest from a financial institution because of its role in funding the Dakota Access...

1/1/2019

article Dakota Access pipeline developer slow to replace some trees
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline missed a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees along the pipeline corridor in North Dakota, but...

12/30/2018

article The Infiltrator: How an Undercover Oil Industry Mercenary Tricked Pipeline Opponents Into Believing He Was One of Them
(USA) -- A former Marine working for the private security firm TigerSwan infiltrated an array of anti-Dakota Access pipeline groups at Standing Rock and beyond.

12/26/2018

article MORON ALERT: Lander lawmaker's rejected protest bill resurfaces
(Wyoming) -- A Lander lawmaker has again introduced the controversial critical infrastructure protection bill from the 2018 legislative session, which opponents said was...

12/12/2018

article Protests, Lawsuits Aim to Stop New Pipeline Projects But Will Industry Wait Them Out?
(North Dakota) -- At their height, the Standing Rock protests were the 10th largest city in North Dakota. More than 10,000 people camped out on the prairie to stop the...

12/10/2018

article Tribes seek to challenge Corps' Dakota Access pipeline study
(North Dakota) -- Four Native American tribes that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal...

12/8/2018

article Tribe challenges Corps findings on Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant environmental...

12/7/2018

article Corps, Dakota Access Say Tribes Didn't Obey Order (sub req)
(South Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC said that several Native American tribes had failed to follow a D.C. federal judge’s order...

12/5/2018

article The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Lost Billions by Failing to Consult With Local Tribes
(North Dakota) -- In 2016, Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline—became a poster child of corporate greed when it ignored...

11/28/2018

article Dakota Access company says it complied with state settlement
(North Dakota) -- The Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it has complied with the terms of a 2017 agreement settling allegations it violated...

11/27/2018

article CU Boulder study found Dakota Access backers lost $7.5 billion (sub req)
(Colorado) -- A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder found that the companies involved with constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DPL, lost at least $...

11/16/2018

article North Dakota regulators seek to fine TigerSwan up to $2M
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily...

11/6/2018

article Indigenous Activist and Cancer Survivor Works for a Just Transition
(North Dakota) -- In 1999, Kandi Mossett found a purple-red, pea-size lump on her stomach and immediately suspected cancer. She was 20 years old. For Native Americans on...
article Tribe challenges pipeline findings
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant environmental...

11/1/2018

article How Investors Can Still Support Indigenous Rights
(Wall Street) -- In 2017, the world’s eyes were on the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline and the thousands of activists who came from all over the country to support...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Renews Legal Challenge Against DAPL
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10/31/2018

article Two Years After Standing Rock, Another Oil Pipeline Faces Tribal Opposition
(Montana) -- Dawson County Sheriff Ross Canen sat down and ordered a coffee at a small-town diner on the edge of the eastern Montana badlands. The walls were lined with...

10/30/2018

article Morton County Sheriff, TigerSwan Face Lawsuit For Blocking Water Protectors’ Travel And Assembly During DAPL Construction
(North Dakota) -- A class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock and others, who resided in the area when police shut down...

10/23/2018

article Company gauges interest for boosting Dakota Access capacity
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is gauging shippers' interest in a possible expansion of the volume of crude oil moved through the...
article Lawsuit filed over highway shutdown during pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- Two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests...

10/20/2018

article Dakota Access expansion takes step forward
(North Dakota) -- A potential expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline took a step forward Friday. Energy Transfer Partners announced it is seeking commitments from...

10/16/2018

article 'They're billin' us for killin' us': activists fight Dakota pipeline's final stretch
(Louisiana) -- As the flat-bottom fishing boat speeds through waterways deep inside Louisiana’s Atchafalaya basin, the largest river swamp in the US, the landscape...

10/6/2018

article Tribes finally given access to Dakota Access Pipeline decision
(North Dakota) -- Tribes have finally been given access to the Trump administration's revised Dakota Access Pipeline decision but Indian Country and the general public...
article EMU students craft animation for Standing Rock documentary
(South Dakota) -- Not just any class assignment gets a national audience – but that’s exactly what’s happening this fall when animation by Eastern...

10/3/2018

article Judge's decision on Dakota Access study likely months away
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge's decision on whether a year's worth of additional study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline adequately addresses...

9/30/2018

article Third federal defendant sentenced from DAPL protest
(North Dakota) -- U.S. District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has sentenced the third of seven federal defendants indicted from the Dakota Access Pipeline...

9/28/2018

article Pine Ridge man sentenced to 3 years in prison for DAPL protest
(North Dakota) -- A South Dakota man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for starting a barricade fire on a bridge during protests in North Dakota...

9/25/2018

article Dakota Access Pipeline decision still missing in action
(Washington D.C.) -- As the developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline try to keep a lawsuit alive in one court, the wealthy backers of the controversial project benefit...

9/17/2018

article BLOG: The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing
(USA) -- For several months in 2016, the whole world stood at transfixed by what was happening at the Standing Rock. The looming threat of the Dakota Access pipeline...
article Mennonite found guilty after protest at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Dennis Lehmann has dedicated much of his life working for peace and justice. In February 2017, that dedication landed him in jail. A year and a half...

9/13/2018

article Tribal leaders' address to North Dakota lawmakers to resume
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribal leaders' biennial address to the North Dakota Legislature will resume in 2019, two years after it was cancelled due to...

9/9/2018

article Standing Rock prosecutor emphasizes due process in forfeiture laws
(North Dakota) -- As a Bismarck lawmaker looks to reform North Dakota's civil asset forfeiture law, a tribal prosecutor highlighted the scope of the Standing Rock...

9/7/2018

article Why Did We Stop Talking About Standing Rock?
(Wyoming) -- In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe ignited an indigenous rights movement that captured the world’s attention. At Standing Rock, hundreds of...

9/5/2018

article Tribe Says Army Corps Stonewalling on Dakota Access Pipeline Report, Spill Risk
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline has no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a...

9/3/2018

article Dakota Access Pipeline permit stands after a year of additional review
(South Dakota) -- Just over a year ago a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers would need to take a second look at the environmental impact of the Dakota Access...
article Protesters begin 100-mile march against Dakota Access
(Iowa) -- About two dozen environmental demonstrators are undertaking a 100-mile march in Iowa to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Des Moines Register reports...

8/31/2018

article Corps: No new impacts found in Dakota Access pipeline review
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday completed more than a year of additional study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying the work...
article Trump admin rejects environmental concerns over Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration cleared the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Friday, saying that further environmental review didn’t bring up any new...
article ND Supreme Court upholds convictions for 2 DAPL protesters
(North Dakota) -- In its unanimous opinion issued Tuesday, the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld evidence that convicted two people involved in a protest of the Dakota...
article Standing Rock protests landed Providence woman in jail, and gave her a new purpose
(Rhode Island) -- Retired environmental planner and former stay-at home mom Mary Redway recalls the moment she decided to upend life as she knew it and head across the...

8/26/2018

article Chase Iron Eyes, Morton County prosecutors sign plea agreement in DAPL case
(North Dakota) -- What is perhaps the last high-profile criminal case from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests is all but over. Attorney and North Dakota's 2016...

8/25/2018

article New book about Standing Rock written from child's perspective
(Indiana) -- A boy who visited the Standing Rock camp with his mother and younger sister in 2016 has written about his experience in a new children's book published...

8/24/2018

article Judge rules Dakota Access developer can't sue Earth First
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant from a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed...

8/22/2018

article North Dakota drops felony charges against Standing Rock protestor
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota prosecutors have agreed to drop felony charges against a Native American activist, ending one of the last high-profile criminal cases...

8/21/2018

article Chase Iron Eyes, Morton County prosecutors sign plea agreement in DAPL case
(North Dakota) -- What is perhaps the last high-profile criminal case from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests is all but over. Attorney and North Dakota's 2016...
article Dakota Access protester reaches plea deal in riot case
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached a plea deal with...

8/15/2018

article The Dakota Access Pipeline Wants to Ship Even More Oil Across Tribal Lands
(North Dakota) -- As if the original Dakota Access Pipeline didn’t cause enough drama, its developer now wants to expand the crude oil pipeline, which is still...

8/8/2018

article Standing Rock: Tribes await court ruling due August 10
(Washington D.C.) -- Expect another ruling by the infamous U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., in the ongoing Standing Rock struggle by August 10,...
article Completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline study delayed
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to wrap up an environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army...

8/4/2018

article Out of spotlight, tribes keep fighting Dakota pipeline
(USA) -- Native American tribes that tried to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline during a months-long standoff with authorities in North Dakota more than a year ago...

8/3/2018

article Out of spotlight, Native American groups keep fighting Dakota pipeline
(Wyoming) -- Native American groups that tried to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline during a months-long standoff with authorities in North Dakota more than a year...

8/2/2018

article Out of spotlight, tribes keep fighting Dakota pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes that tried to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline during a months-long standoff with authorities in North Dakota more than a...

7/30/2018

article Group aims to help resolve Dakota Access protest warrants
(North Dakota) -- An organization formed to provide legal help to opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is launching an effort this week to help protesters with...
article Standing Rock Medic Bus Is Now a Traveling Decolonized Pharmacy
(Washington) -- There was something familiar and comforting about the bus. A crowd of people painted green vines and flowers on the exterior as it sat parked in a field...

7/28/2018

article Was Red Fawn victim of frame-up?
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis’ recent sentencing to federal prison was the closing of a criminal court proceeding here, but also the opening of a curtain...

7/27/2018

article Standing Rock Medic Bus Is Now a Traveling Decolonized Pharmacy
(South Dakota) -- There was something familiar and comforting about the bus. A crowd of people painted green vines and flowers on the exterior as it sat parked in a...

7/23/2018

article A year later, still no federal charges against 'saboteurs' of Dakota Access Pipeline. Why?
(Iowa) -- It's been one year since two Iowa environmental activists claimed responsibility for deliberately causing millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota...

7/22/2018

article Native American pipeline protesters enter plea agreements to avoid long prison terms
(North Dakota) -- State and federal prosecutions of Native Americans and their allies who protested the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline are drawing closer to...

7/21/2018

article North Dakota seeks federal money for pipeline protest costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota on Friday demanded $38 million from the federal government to reimburse the state for costs associated with policing large-scale and...

7/17/2018

article BLOG: Red Fawn Fallis and the Felony of Being Attacked by Cops
(North Dakota) -- What happened to Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis is what has happened to many women political dissenters who go up against Big Government...

7/16/2018

article 'I knew I wasn't guilty': #NoDAPL activist acquitted in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota judge last Thursday acquitted Riverton activist Micah Lott of criminal trespass and rioting charges stemming from his protest of the...

7/15/2018

article Wyoming Standing Rock activist acquitted on charges
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota judge Thursday acquitted Riverton activist Micah Lott of criminal trespass and rioting charges stemming from his protest of the Dakota...

7/12/2018

article Native Americans who protested Dakota Access get handed the longest prison sentences
(North Dakota) -- Among the hundreds of people arrested in North Dakota for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans faced the most...
article Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis, a political prisoner arrested during the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge...
article After Fighting The Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Activists Want To Green The Rez
(North Dakota) -- In 1956, the Army Corps of Engineers flooded nearly 160,000 acres of land on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations to create the...
article Dakota Access sued for failing to sell ranch at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- The state of North Dakota is suing the developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline for failing to sell a historic ranch in Standing Rock territory.
article David Archambault, Former Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Joins NAVF
(North Dakota) -- David Archambault II, former chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, recognized for leading the opposition against the construction of...

7/11/2018

article Red Fawn Fallis sentenced in DAPL protest case
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis was sentenced Wednesday for her role in a shooting incident during the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. Fallis will serve 57 months...
article Red Fawn sentenced in high-profile DAPL case
(North Dakota) -- What was perhaps the most serious criminal case derived from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests has reached its long-awaited conclusion. U.S. District...
article Woman gets prison for firing gun during pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was sentenced Wednesday to four...

7/10/2018

article Wyoming Standing Rock activist wins acquittal
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota judge Thursday acquitted Riverton activist Micah Lott of criminal trespass and rioting charges stemming from his protest of the Dakota...

6/28/2018

article 'He's a political prisoner': Standing Rock activists face years in jail
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock saved Little Feather’s life. Then the US government took it from him. Little Feather was one of thousands of Native Americans who...

6/26/2018

article Standing Rock Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis's Sentencing Hearing Postponed
(North Dakota) -- Members of Denver’s indigenous community will have to wait at least two more weeks to find out the sentencing fate of Red Fawn Fallis, a Denver...

6/25/2018

article Standing Rock Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Sentencing Delayed Due to Judge’s Illness
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis, who in January 2018 made a plea of guilty for civil disorder and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, was to be...

6/11/2018

article Corps to wrap up Dakota Access pipeline work in 2 months
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next two months expects to wrap up an environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline after recently...

6/7/2018

article Shooting stills at Standing Rock
(Australia) -- An historic gathering of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires) the widespread members of the Great Sioux Nation, was the initial motivation for Sydney...

6/3/2018

article Standing Rock and beyond
(Oregon) -- Nine days before the June 7 grand opening of The Elisabeth Jones Art Center on the Pearl District’s western stretch, a kind of controlled chaos is in the air...

6/2/2018

article 1 Year After Trump’s Approval, Where Keystone XL, Dakota Pipeline Stand
(North Dakota) -- It’s been a little more than a year since President Donald Trump approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines amid concerns the projects would...
article American Indian Journalist Jenni Monet Found Not Guilty for Trepassing for Standing Rock Coverage
(North Dakota) -- Award-winning American Indian journalist Jenni Monet’s court aquittal in a North Dakota courthouse on Friday was more than a victory for her...

5/31/2018

article #NoDAPL Water Protector Michael “Little Feather” Giron Sentenced to 36 months in prison
(North Dakota) -- Michael “Little Feather” Giron was today sentenced to a 36 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming...
article First federal defendant from pipeline protests sentenced
(North Dakota) -- Leoyla Cowboy can't wait for her husband to come home. As the last of six character witnesses for Michael Giron at his federal sentencing hearing...

5/29/2018

article This 21-year-old Native American activist got the nation to care about Standing Rock — and she's just getting started
(USA) -- At the height of the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, protests drew crowds of 10,000. But before reporters, celebrities, and police descended...

5/28/2018

article COMPLICIT: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
(Washington D.C.) -- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s winning streak in 2017 was marked by cases that may prove instructive for future litigation, including those...
article Sen. Heitkamp Faces Backlash for 'Oil Over Indians' Posture
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun went door to door on North Dakota’s largest American Indian reservations in 2012 turning...
article DAPL-style protesters could face jail under new ‘critical infrastructure‘ protection laws
(USA) -- DAPL-style protesters could face jail under new ‘critical infrastructure‘ protection laws New laws introducing harsher penalties against protesters...

5/27/2018

article Senator's Pipeline Stance May Thwart Second Term
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun went door to door on North Dakota’s largest American Indian reservations in 2012 turning...

5/24/2018

article Security company, state argue venue in Dakota Access dispute
(North Dakota) -- Attorneys for North Dakota regulators and a North Carolina-based private security company argued in court Thursday over the proper venue to resolve a...
article Tribal Consultation Key When Planning Pipelines, North Dakota Official Says
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge in Great Falls today heard arguments in a lawsuit to overturn federal approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross from Alberta into...

5/19/2018

article DAPL-style protesters could face jail under new 'critical infrastructure' protection laws
(USA) -- New laws introducing harsher penalties against protesters who target “critical infrastructure” such as oil and gas pipelines are now pending in half...

5/10/2018

article One charge dismissed for journalist arrested at DAPL protest, another still pending
(North Dakota) -- A journalist arrested last year while covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest is expected to have at least one criminal charge dismissed while a...

5/6/2018

article Army Corps meeting with tribes on DAPL
(North Dakota) -- An environmental study of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is expected to continue into the summer, as federal officials meet with American Indian...

5/3/2018

article Army Corps meeting with tribes on Dakota Access oil pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to continue into the summer as federal officials meet with American Indian tribes who...

4/23/2018

article Judge asked to reject pipeline protester's evidence request
(North Dakota) -- The government is asking a federal judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in...

4/22/2018

article Documentary Features Effects of ND Pipelines
(North Dakota) -- A documentary premiering at the Black Hills Film Festival this week will feature the lives of North Dakotans disrupted by oil pipelines. The film...

4/20/2018

article Reporters remember dramatic pipeline protests on UND panel
(North Dakota) -- Reporters who covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests spoke at a panel on UND campus Thursday, April 19, providing some insight — and, at...

4/18/2018

article A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review
(North Dakota) -- A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil...

4/15/2018

article OP/ED: Dismiss charges against journalists covering the Standing Rock protests
(North Dakota) -- Sara LaFleur-Vetter was filming the arrest of protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access Pipeline when police tackled her to the ground, with...

4/13/2018

article More than a year later, some journalists arrested at ND pipeline protests still await trial
(North Dakota) -- Jenni Monet climbed a hill overlooking the Cannonball River to shoot video of dozens of protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline who had put...
article Cashing in on Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- “The only way I’ll talk is if you sign over the rights to the interviews,” said Michael Wood. The 38-year-old activist slid a...

4/7/2018

article Dakota Access pipeline developer submits spill response plan
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that goes under a reservoir in the Dakotas has submitted a court-ordered spill response plan, but an...
article Proposed Minnesota law targets those who train or recruit protesters who damage 'critical infrastructure'
(Minnesota) -- With the possibility of pipeline protests looming in Minnesota, lawmakers are considering a new felony offense for anyone training or recruiting...

4/6/2018

article Standing Rock: One year later
(North Dakota) -- Sacred Stone Camp, the first NoDAPL camp, was set up on LaDonna Brave Bull Allard’s property near the Cannonball River. Now she’s spreading...
article Judge Approves #NoDAPL Activist Chase Iron Eyes’ Demand For Withheld Evidence
(North Dakota) -- Chase Iron Eyes, a 2016 North Dakota Democratic congressional nominee, was in court Wednesday at the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, North Dakota,...
article Dakota Access pipeline developer submits spill response plan
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that goes under a reservoir in the Dakotas has submitted a court-ordered spill response plan, but an...

4/5/2018

article KENT: When “The Indians” Lose…We All Do
(South Dakota) -- As a long-time friend from elementary school days and I were discussing our shared Irish heritage on Facebook messenger, he suddenly asked “Hey,...

3/27/2018

article N.D. attorney general still asking feds to recoup DAPL costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota's attorney general's office has spent about $110,000 as it prepares to ask the federal government to pick up costs related to the...

3/22/2018

article Trump administration blames tribes for delay in new Dakota Access study
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is blaming tribes as it delays a highly-anticipated study of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
article Anti-protest bill was rollercoaster
(Wyoming) -- I can cover the highs and lows of the recent legislative budget session and only discuss one bill. One terrible zombie monstrosity from out-of-state that...

3/20/2018

article Feds, Dakota Access Say Tribes Hampering Pipeline Review [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the company behind the Dakota Access oil pipeline urged a D.C. federal judge Friday not to force the agency to...
article Mandated study of Dakota Access line to miss completion goal
(North Dakota) -- More time is needed to finish additional court-ordered environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline due to difficulties in getting needed...
article Yankton Sioux Tribe Loses Bid To Pull Dakota Pipeline Permits [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- A D.C. federal judge on Monday rejected the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s bid to pull the permits issued by the federal government for the controversial $3....

3/18/2018

article MONET: What Standing Rock Gave the World
(North Dakota) -- At the height of the movement at Standing Rock, Indigenous teens half a world away in Norway were tattooing their young bodies with an image of a black...

3/14/2018

article Architecture exhibit highlights impact of Dakota Access Pipeline
(Virginia) -- In June 2017, five graduate students in the School of Architecture’s Landscape Architecture program spent a month travelling along the Dakota Access...

3/13/2018

article Indigenous role reversal a new take on the pipeline debate for film shot in Maple Ridge
(British Columbia) -- In April 2016, what started out as a camp for the spiritual resistance of a pipeline by an elder member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and her...

3/9/2018

article Ranchers lead opposition to ‘critical infrastructure’ bill
(Wyoming) -- Ranchers in the House led opposition to the controversial “critical infrastructure” bill, saying it would give energy companies a powerful...

3/8/2018

article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe warns of 'same mistakes' with new Dakota Access study
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is joining calls to force the Trump administration to engage in "meaningful consultation" on the Dakota Access...
article Standing Rock tribe asks judge for “meaningful role” in study of DAPL’s impact on their water
(North Dakota) -- A Native American tribe is accusing officials of being uncooperative as they conduct a court-ordered study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline’s...

3/7/2018

article Tribe Asks Judge for 'Meaningful Role' in Pipeline Study
(North Dakota) -- The American Indian tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says federal officials are being uncooperative as they complete more...

3/5/2018

article Standing Rock Tribe Says It's Been Shut Out Of DAPL Review [sub req]
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has largely cut the Standing Rock Sioux tribe out of any meaningful additional review of the Dakota Access Pipeline...

3/3/2018

article Republican investigation links Russian trolls to #NoDAPL movement
(Washington D.C.) -- The movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline originated in Indian Country but some on Capitol Hill are seeing links from somewhere far, far away.
article Koch Network Took Credit for Dakota Access, Keystone XL and REINS Act, Leaked Memo Shows
(USA) -- A leaked memorandum published by The Intercept and Documented Investigations shows that a Koch Industries' donors network, known as the Seminar Network, has...

3/1/2018

article Reports claims Russia meddled in DAPL
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protests made waves on social media, but not all of it may have been organic or even domestic. A new report from the U.S....
article These provocative images show Russian trolls sought to inflame debate over climate change, fracking and Dakota pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Russian trolls used Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to inflame U.S. political debate over energy policy and climate change, a finding that underscores...

2/26/2018

article One year after protests’ end, ‘I would have done it all over again’
(North Dakota) -- Nathan Phillips’ birthday fell on the same day of the eviction of the Dakota Access protest camps last year. “The snow was flying, the camp...
article Then and now: The Oceti Sakowin camp north of Cannon Ball
(North Dakota) -- Tribune photographer Mike McCleary compares the photos he shot from the site of the Oceti Sakowin camp north of Cannon Ball from the time of the...
article TigerSwan: Former Delta Operator sought to incite violence at the Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- It was early afternoon on October 11th, 2016 when TigerSwan’s program manager, retired Delta Force Sergeant Major John Porter, met with Silverton...
article A Nod to Standing Rock Turns Into a New Clean Energy Fellowship
(Massachusetts) -- While demonstrators made history and headlines back in 2016 for their resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline construction, less attention has been...
article First of DAPL deer poaching cases resolved
(North Dakota) -- One of four men charged in connection to deer poaching at the Dakota Access protest camps is the first to resolve his case. Danny LeClaire, of...

2/16/2018

article PHOTOS: Since Standing Rock, 56 Bills Have Been Introduced in 30 States to Restrict Protests
(USA) -- On February 23 of last year, a day when the frozen ground had started to turn to mud, law-enforcement officers rolled into the Oceti Sakowin camp near the...

2/14/2018

article Activist facing riot trial seeks judge's help with evidence
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian activist accused of inciting a riot during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a judge to force...

2/12/2018

article Tribe says it's being left out of Dakota Access study
(North Dakota) -- One of the four American Indian tribes still fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court says it's being left out of the process as federal...

2/11/2018

article Red Fawn Fallis stays jailed for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will remain jailed while she awaits sentencing in connection with a non-fatal gun shooting...

2/5/2018

article Little Feather Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement
(Indian Country) -- On Thursday February 8, Michael Giron will appear in federal court in Bismarck for a change of plea hearing as per the terms of a non-cooperating...

1/30/2018

article A Native American Activist Followed Her Mother’s Footsteps to Standing Rock. Now She Faces Years in Prison.
(North Dakota) -- After spending a year in jail awaiting trial, Oglala Lakota Sioux activist Red Fawn Fallis pleaded guilty last week to two federal felonies related to...

1/29/2018

article Sentencing set for Dakota Access protester in shooting
(North Dakota) -- A judge has scheduled a spring sentencing for a Denver woman who pleaded guilty in a shooting during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access...

1/24/2018

article ‘Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock’ takes audiences behind scenes of dramatic Standing Rock dispute
(Utah) -- Textbooks often overlook the uncertainty and chaos behind the movements that have irrevocably changed history. But the truth is: Revolutions are messy and...

1/23/2018

article Judge Approves Plea Deal for Red Fawn Fallis, Water Protector at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- A judge in North Dakota has accepted a plea bargain for Red Fawn Fallis, a member of Denver’s indigenous community who was arrested on October 27...

1/22/2018

article Sentencing for DAPL protester Red Fawn Fallis to be in spring
(North Dakota) -- Half the gallery stood up when Red Fawn Fallis entered a federal courtroom in Bismarck Monday morning, Jan. 22. Handcuffed and wearing orange and white...

1/14/2018

article Protester's case dismissed after mother's death
(North Dakota) -- Kathleen Bennett will not see legal penalties for the alleged exploitation of her senile mother. With one case already dismissed in Morton County,...

1/12/2018

article Pipeline protester won't get more details on FBI informant
(North Dakota) -- A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline will not receive more...

1/6/2018

article Judge won't delay Dakota Access shooting suspect's trial
(North Dakota) -- A judge refused to delay and limited the scope of the upcoming trial of a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North...

1/5/2018

article Judge won't delay Dakota Access shooting suspect's trial
(Minnesota) -- A judge refused to delay and limited the scope of the upcoming trial of a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota...

1/4/2018

article Images from Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Images from the Standing Rock protests.
article Going to Sundance: Tribal member produces documentary selected for renowned film festival
(Indian Country) -- Ben-Alex Dupris wanted to make a positive impact on the country, and — specifically — Indian country. That activist spirit led him to the...

1/3/2018

article Judge dismisses suit seeking St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne's travel records
(Louisiana) -- A state judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that accused St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne of refusing to release public records related to trips...

12/30/2017

article DAPL cases could close in 2018
(North Dakota) -- More than half the criminal cases from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have closed, but hundreds more await their fate.
article How an artifact from Standing Rock protest made its way to American Indian museum
(Washington D.C.) -- The struggle for Native American rights continues. That’s the message of an 11-foot mile-marker post from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation...

12/27/2017

article Judge denies Fallis’ motions to suppress evidence
(North Dakota) -- District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has denied two motions to suppress evidence and statements from Red Fawn Fallis from when she was...
article Prosecutors can cite alleged threats from Denver woman arrested during oil pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge says prosecutors can cite threatening statements that a Denver woman made after she allegedly shot at police during an oil pipeline...

12/26/2017

article Dakota Access Pipeline credited with making Bakken more competitive in 2017
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota oil production returned to near-record levels in 2017, which one industry leader credited in part to the Dakota Access Pipeline. “It...

12/21/2017

article What was missed when the world's eyes fell on Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- It’s not a question of if, but when. Dave Archambault II, the former tribal chief of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, USA,...

12/20/2017

article Pipeline Project Continues to Dominate News in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The year in North Dakota news began with the end of a yearlong protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and ended with an attempt to settle a...

12/16/2017

article Energy Transfer Partners Files Lawsuit Against Greenpeace
(Texas) -- Oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline, despite years of protests against it by Native American tribes. Indigenous rights activists and...

12/14/2017

article An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover — an FBI Informant.
(North Dakota) -- As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a...

12/11/2017

article An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover — an FBI Informant
(South Dakota) -- AS LAW ENFORCEMENT officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a...

12/10/2017

article ND pipeline protester charged with firing gun at officers will have hearing resume Monday
(North Dakota) -- Defense and prosecuting attorneys will reconvene in federal court Monday, Dec. 11, as a suppression hearing for Red Fawn Fallis ran out of time Friday.

12/4/2017

article Tribes' request for spill response plan at Dakota Access pipeline granted
(North Dakota) -- The Army Corps of Engineers and the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must complete an oil spill response plan for the stretch of pipe beneath...

11/29/2017

article Environment groups want pipeline company's lawsuit dismissed
(North Dakota) -- Environmental groups being sued by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Greenpeace and...

11/28/2017

article ‘Guerrilla Visitor Center’ Aims To Protect Bears Ears
(Utah) -- A private group hopes to fund a visitor center that guarantees what the federal government cannot: protection for the wild, scenic, historic national monument...

11/22/2017

article One Year After Violent Backwater Bridge Clashes, Scars Remain in Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Last November, as families around the country prepared for turkey dinners, protesters in North Dakota occupied three camps on the banks of the Missouri...
article Pipeline protester's elderly endangerment case dismissed
(North Dakota) -- Authorities have dismissed one criminal case against a woman accused of abusing her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access pipeline....

11/20/2017

article UND Standing Rock conference gets April date
(North Dakota) -- A UND symposium on the Standing Rock pipeline protests that sparked conversations about academic freedom now has a date set for this spring. The early...
article Looking back at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- At around 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2016, the conflict between protesters and law enforcement escalated as people tried to clear the Backwater Bridge to allow...
article Pipeline opponents ask to drop all charges
(North Dakota) -- Appearing solemn as they gathered Monday morning, three women presented the Morton County State's Attorney's Office with a petition asking to...
article MORON ALERT: Sophia Wilansky got hurt because the #NoDAPL movement used violence as a tactic
(North Dakota) -- Over the weekend the New York Post ran an unfortunate profile of #NoDAPL activist Sophia Wilanksy. You’ll remember her as the woman who got her...

11/19/2017

article Petitions to request dropping of charges against pipeline protesters
(North Dakota) -- As a follow-up to the one-year anniversary of clashes between law enforcement and protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Backwater Bridge...

11/18/2017

article Pipeline protester speaks out for first time after nearly losing her arm
(USA) -- A year ago Tuesday, Sophia Wilansky stood on a bridge just outside the Dakota Access Pipeline encampment when she was flattened by a deafening explosion. She...

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