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Standing Rock: Why I Went | Commentary by Leon Worden

It has been a year since Energy Transfer Partners bulldozed the sacred burial grounds just beyond the borders of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to clear a path for the Dakota Access Pipeline – and about 10 months since I hightailed it over there.

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11/15/2017

article Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists
(USA) -- THE PRIVATE SECURITY firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for...
article Yankton Sioux Say Dakota Pipeline Permits Should Be Pulled
(Washington D.C.) -- The Yankton Sioux Tribe urged a D.C. federal judge on Friday to cancel all permits and environmental reviews issued by the federal government for...

11/9/2017

article Donations sought for Standing Rock
(South Dakota) -- When Bettina Stolsenberg first traveled to the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota two decades ago, she fell in love with the landscape and with...

11/6/2017

article Dakota Access builder, Corps object to tribal proposal
(North Dakota) -- Dakota Access Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to...
article Iron Eyes case digs deep
(North Dakota) -- Attorneys in the case of a prominent pipeline protester may make their argument in April for a necessity defense in the case, likely pushing trial out...

11/2/2017

article Can CalPERS Divestment Make A Difference In Controversial Projects?
(California) -- As protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline were growing last November, San Jose Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra was winning his first term in office...
article Dakota Access builder and Corps object to tribal proposal
(North Dakota) -- The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to...
article Standing Rock Reservation mile-marker on display at National Museum of the American Indian
(Washington D.C.) -- The protests at the Standing Rock Reservation are now being memorialized in our nation's capital. An exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum...

10/31/2017

article Standing Rock Reservation mile-marker on display at National Museum of the American Indian
(Washington D.C.) -- The protests at the Standing Rock Reservation are now being memorialized in our nation’s capital. An exhibit in the Smithsonian National...
article Protester sentenced to jail will appeal
(North Dakota) -- Released from a 12-day jail sentence, Alexander Simon has filed to appeal his case related to protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

10/30/2017

article Native American professor resigns over disputed lecture series
(North Dakota) -- A Native American professor at the University of North Dakota announced last week that he will not renew his position at the end of this academic year...
article Native American psychologists slam police tactics a year after Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Trenton Bakeberg sang and poured water over red-hot rocks that turned to steam in the center of the sweat lodge that afternoon nearly a year ago. A...

10/28/2017

article BLOG: The Battle of Treaty Camp
(North Dakota) -- One year ago today, on October 27, 2016, hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on a small resistance camp that stood directly in the path of...

10/27/2017

article American Indian Journalist Mark Trahant Declines a Second Term at UND after Being Denied DAPL Seminars
(North Dakota) -- Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes), one of today’s best American Indian journalists, disclosed on Thursday he is declining a second term as a...
article Standing Rock journalist, filmmaker to speak at ASU indigenous series events
(Arizona) -- Myron Dewey (Newe-Numah/Paiute-Shoshone), an award-winning filmmaker, citizen journalist and educator, is the featured speaker in Arizona State University...

10/24/2017

article Iron Eyes to ask for necessity defense in DAPL case
(North Dakota) -- A prominent figure of the Dakota Access protests will ask a judge next week to allow a necessity defense claiming the perceived threat of the pipeline...
article Oil pipeline opponent uses 'necessity defense' _ What is it?
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian activist and former U.S. congressional candidate in North Dakota accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota...
article My Voice: Standing Rock memories serve to motivate
(South Dakota) -- It’s been almost a year since I made the first of what would be eight journeys to the encampments on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which...

10/23/2017

article How Russians Attempted To Use Instagram To Influence Native Americans
(The Internet) -- “The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, were sacred for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. But for Russian...
article Smithsonian museum to exhibit post from pipeline protest
(Washington D.C.) -- A centerpiece of a sprawling camp that evolved on disputed land in southern North Dakota to protest the four-state Dakota Access pipeline is going...

10/21/2017

article Why Native American Women Are Going After Europe’s Banks to Divest From Big Oil
(USA) -- Last December, calls to defund the Dakota Access pipeline and “Stand with Standing Rock” led individuals to divest millions of dollars from banks...

10/20/2017

article Tribes decry court ruling favoring Dakota Access Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge ruled against tribal arguments on October 11, when he declared that the contested Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) can continue pumping...
article Judge signs agreements for men who rammed DAPL security truck
(North Dakota) -- Two men accused of ramming a pipeline security officer's truck last year will see their cases dismissed if they fulfill pretrial diversion...

10/19/2017

article Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Continues After Court Ruling
(North Dakota) -- On October 10, a federal court ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, permitting the Dakota Access Pipeline to remain...

10/15/2017

article National Museum of the American Indian to Show a Mile-Marker From the Standing Rock Protests
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will unveil a timely new addition to its long-running show, “Nation to Nation:...

10/13/2017

article OP/ED: The Pipeline Protest Before Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- We live in an era of Trump, whose denial of climate science brings to mind a quote attributed to Louis XV: "After me, the Deluge." The...

10/11/2017

article Tribe calls Dakota Access ruling disappointing
(North Dakota) -- An attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux says a federal judge's decision allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to continue operating while more...
article Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline to Keep Running
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental...

10/10/2017

article Dakota Access has increased North Dakota tax revenue by $6M a month
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline has boosted North Dakota’s tax revenues by $18 million in its first three months of operation, according to an...

10/9/2017

article The Pipeline Protest Before Standing Rock
(USA) -- Last year’s water protectors garnered worldwide attention, but several pipeline fights—such as the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline victory—got...
article Red Fawn Fallis trial delayed to January
(North Dakota) -- Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has continued the federal jury trial of Red Fawn Fallis to late January. Fallis is charged with discharging a handgun as...

10/8/2017

article Jury convicts activist who targeted North Dakota pipeline to draw attention to climate change
(North Dakota) -- A North Dakota jury has convicted an environmental activist who targeted an oil pipeline a year ago. The Pembina County jury found Michael Foster of...
article Review of Dakota Access oil pipeline to extend into spring
(North Dakota) -- It probably will take until next spring for the Army Corps of Engineers to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access oil...

10/6/2017

article Review of Dakota Access oil pipeline to extend into spring
(North Dakota) -- It probably will take until next spring for the Army Corps of Engineers to finish court-ordered additional environmental study of the Dakota Access oil...

10/3/2017

article Hundreds oppose ending DAPL legal provisions
(North Dakota) -- From coast to coast and across the world, comments have streamed into the North Dakota Supreme Court Clerk's Office, almost all opposing a judges...
article Charges dropped for Canadian Indigenous activist arrested during Standing Rock protests
(British Columbia) -- All charges have been dropped against a Secwepemc activist from B.C. after she was arrested during the Standing Rock protests last year.

9/29/2017

article Counterinsurgency on the Reservation: A return to Standing Rock Part 2
(North Dakota) -- That morning, around 4 AM, I was finishing an interview with a Sicangu Lakota water protector named Phil Wright when he suddenly pointed at the sky:...

9/28/2017

article Tribal head who led Dakota Access pipeline fight voted out
(North Dakota) -- The Native American official who has been the face and voice of the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been voted out of office....

9/27/2017

article Native American activist makes herself heard
(Missouri) -- Activist Eryn Wise spoke as if reporting from the front lines of a battle. "We were there the day they arrived," she said. "You could see...

9/26/2017

article Tribal leader irked by state deal with Dakota Access builder
(North Dakota) -- The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too...

9/24/2017

article Standing Rock: Why I Went | Commentary by Leon Worden
(California) -- It has been a year since Energy Transfer Partners bulldozed the sacred burial grounds just beyond the borders of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to...

9/20/2017

article Still Fighting at Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Rattler sat on the sofa scrolling through his phone. It was a drizzling, cold spring day in Bismarck, North Dakota, but he wasn’t going outside...

9/19/2017

article City Council adopts resolution supporting Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, clean water and energy
(Missouri) -- Columbia City Council unanimously voted Monday night to adopt a resolution expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and clean water, clean...
article Co-producer of ‘Beyond Standing Rock’ explains Native American rights to library patrons
(New Jersey) -- In an effort to examine ongoing cases involving Native American rights and sovereignty, the East Brunswick Library hosted a session with a co-producer of...

9/14/2017

article A year later, Dakota Access pipeline protests changed people
(North Dakota) -- A year ago, protest camps near North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation swelled with thousands of people intent on stopping the Dakota...

9/13/2017

article 'Not invisible anymore': Standing Rock a year after pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- A year ago, protest camps near North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation swelled with thousands of people intent on stopping the Dakota...
article Red Fawn Fallis trial moved to Fargo
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis will proceed to trial in December, but not in Bismarck. The Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of shooting at officers will go to...

9/11/2017

article Environmental justice overlooked in Dakota pipeline saga, legal expert says
(Kansas) -- Even though there have already been leaks since oil began flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline this spring, American Indian tribes still have a chance...
article Red Fawn Fallis awaits halfway house, change of venue
(North Dakota) -- A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of shooting at officers last year awaits her release to a halfway house as attorneys debate a change of...
article Jessica Chastain joined Dakota pipeline protests while filming Woman Walks Ahead
(North Dakota) -- The actress is the star of film Woman Walks Ahead, in which she plays Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter in 1890s Brooklyn who travels to the Dakotas...

9/7/2017

article President Trump finally acknowledges opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump finally acknowledged opposition to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline but came up with a new and curious claim about an...
article Trump in North Dakota: Dakota Access Pipeline Right Thing to Do
(North Dakota) -- Speaking before 700 of his faithful in Bismarck, North Dakota, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said opening the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was...
article DAPL sues resisters for $1 billion
(North Dakota) -- The Fortune 500 company answerable for building the Dakota Access Pipeline across unceded 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory is seeking $1 billion in...
article Shailene Woodley says she was strip-searched after Dakota Access Pipeline protest arrest
(New York) -- Shailene Woodley learned that the hard way in October 2016 when she was arrested for criminal trespassing during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest, she told...

9/4/2017

article DAPL sues resisters for $1 billion
(North Dakota) -- The Fortune 500 company answerable for building the Dakota Access Pipeline across unceded 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory is seeking $1 billion in...

9/3/2017

article What Happened to Veterans for Standing Rock?
(North Dakota) -- Jaisal Noor: Welcome to the Real News. I'm Jaisal Noor in Baltimore. Last December, 2,000 veterans went to Standing Rock to support the Standing...

9/2/2017

article We asked 8 Indigenous activists: How significant was Standing Rock?
(North Dakota) -- Last year, Indigenous people captured the world's attention when thousands of protestors joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the Dakota...

8/31/2017

article Promise of Reconciliation after Dakota Access Protests
(North Dakota) -- Community leaders from Morton County and the Standing Rock Sioux came together Saturday, Aug. 26 to educate North Dakotans on the five tribal nations...

8/29/2017

article It’s time to heal wounds from protests
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protests created some hard feelings. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes felt the situation was another example...
article Tribes say Dakota Access pipeline overstates shutdown impact
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes hoping to persuade a federal judge to turn off the Dakota Access oil pipeline maintain in last-minute court filings that the...
article Nordic investors reject Dakota pipeline operator’s allegations
(North Dakota) -- Nordic investors rejected on Tuesday allegations in a lawsuit by the operator of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that they divested from the project due...

8/28/2017

article Standing Rock music video hip-hop artists take home MTV VMA
(California) -- An all-Indigenous group comprised of seven hip-hop artists are celebrating after winning an MTV VMA award for their collaboration on Stand Up/Standing...
article Regulators consider counter-proposal from DAPL in closed-door meeting
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota Public Service Commissioners met behind closed doors Monday to consult with their attorney about the Dakota Access Pipeline and a counter-...

8/27/2017

article Pipeline company response to settlement offer not disclosed
(North Dakota) -- The company that built the Dakota Access pipeline has responded to an offer by North Dakota regulators to settle state allegations that it improperly...

8/26/2017

article Cultural event fosters healing after Dakota Access protests
(North Dakota) -- North Dakotans came together Saturday at a Native American cultural event to start rebuilding relationships strained by the Dakota Access Pipeline...
article Event aims to find a path towards reconciliation after DAPL
(North Dakota) -- A Cultural Experience with North Dakota Tribal Nations' was intended to educate North Dakota about the different tribal nations in the area. The...

8/24/2017

article Black Snake Rising: Some Native Americans Still Oppose The Dakota Access Pipeline
(California) -- The struggle and protests that began in August, 2016, as "Spirit Camp Warriors Stand in the Path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, has evolved, one...
article Dakota Access Pipeline Firm Is Suing Environmentalists Who Protested Against It
(South Dakota) -- Controversy around the Dakota Access Pipeline continues with the latest news that the company behind the oil pipeline is now suing Greenpeace and other...
press release Taboo Of Black Eyed Peas, Native American Artists' Standing Rock Music Video Nominated For MTV Video Music Award
(Florida) -- For the first time, Native American artists will be standing up to celebrate a major nomination during this year's MTV Video Music Awards in the newly-...

8/22/2017

article Company behind Dakota Access oil pipeline sues Greenpeace
(North Dakota) -- The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other groups, alleging they disseminated false information about...
article Dakota Access developer sues 'rogue eco-terrorist groups'
(North Dakota) -- Energy Transfer Partners filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Greenpeace and other organizations, claiming they incited “rogue eco-terrorist...

8/21/2017

article Feds Urge Judge to Keep Oil Flowing in Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review
(North Dakota) -- Federal lawyers have urged a federal judge not to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a fresh environmental...

8/18/2017

article Tina Fey SNL Rant on Charlottesville Goes Viral With Shout-Out to Standing Rock
(New York) -- Tina Fey appeared on last night on a surprise special Thursday night broadcast of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and, while eating from a slab...

8/15/2017

article ND regulators proposes $15,000 penalty for Dakota Access Pipeline over Indian artifacts controversy
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission is asking Dakota Access Pipeline to pay $15,000 to resolve a dispute over whether the pipeline developer...
article North Dakota awarded $10 million from feds for DAPL protest costs
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Justice awarded North Dakota $10 million to help cover the costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the state...
article North Dakota offers to settle with Dakota Access developer
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators offered Monday to settle state allegations that the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline improperly reported...
article Dakota Access developer granted hearing delay in dispute
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators on Tuesday granted a request by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline to postpone a public hearing on whether the company...

8/14/2017

article PSC offers settlement to Energy Transfer Partners for DAPL construction violations
(North Dakota) -- State regulators have offered to settle legal proceedings against the builder of the Dakota Access Pipeline for not properly reporting the discovery of...

8/13/2017

article Tribes Petition to Shut Down DAPL
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, have requested that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) be shut down while a U.S. District...

8/12/2017

article North Dakota oil production remains above 1 million barrels per day
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota oil production dropped a tad in June as oil prices fell, but it remained above the 1 million barrel-per-day level. Meanwhile, with the...

8/8/2017

article Tribes ask court to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A pair of American Indian tribes are asking a federal court to immediately shut down the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Standing Rock...
article Tribes Want Dakota Pipeline Shut, but Offer Fallback Plan
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline are asking a judge to shut down the line while more environmental review is conducted,...
article Judge orders prosecutor to turn over private security memos
(North Dakota) -- A judge ordered a prosecutor Tuesday to inquire after memos from a private security firm working for the Dakota Access Pipeline that might relate to a...
article Practice of recharging DAPL cases dropped in June, July
(North Dakota) -- Morton County prosecutors appear to have quit recharging protesters after they dismiss cases for lack of evidence. A review of court records indicate...

8/7/2017

article BLOG: Standing Rock Lawsuit Started a Year Ago. Here’s Where We Are Now
(North Dakota) -- On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota...

8/3/2017

article As more pipeline activists arraigned, Standing Rock connection grows
(North Dakota) -- They are two different pipelines of vastly different size. But a recent influx of Native American activists from the Standing Rock Dakota Access...
article South Dakota Patrol reimbursed for pipeline protest duty
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota has been paid for its help policing protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers...
article Standing Rock Lawsuit Started a Year Ago. Here’s Where We Are Now
(North Dakota) -- On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota...

8/2/2017

article Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts...
article SD Highway Patrol collects $518,000 for Dakota Access protest enforcement
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota’s struggling to pay millions in bills associated with policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests, but its southern neighbor has...

8/1/2017

article DAPL protesters try to block warrant for Facebook info
(Washington) -- Authorities in Whatcom County want access to a wide swath of information embedded on the Facebook page of a local protest group. It all began with a...
article North Dakota still seeking to recoup pipeline protest costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota is continuing to seek federal funding to help pay state law enforcement bills related to months of protests over construction of the...

7/31/2017

article What Anti-Pipeline Warriors Have Learned from Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- South Louisiana is mostly swamp or bayou, so when Cherri Foytlin wanted to share her disapproval with the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, she literally didn...

7/29/2017

article More arrests in anti-pipeline action: Standing Rock Sioux now part of resistance
(Massachusetts) -- There were some new faces at Otis State Forest Saturday, and they've come here from Standing Rock in North Dakota, they say, to continue fighting...

7/26/2017

article Tribes fight trade groups' intervention in pipeline dispute
(North Dakota) -- Native American tribes fighting in court to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline are objecting to the possible intervention of national energy and...

7/25/2017

article DAPL threat assessment paints nonviolent Standing Rock protestors as unruly mob, defends use of attack dogs as “protection”
(North Dakota) -- MuckRock has uncovered a joint Morton County Sheriff’s Department and North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC, a fusion center)...
article US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters
(North Dakota) -- For the past year or so, protesters in North Dakota, America, have been trying to prevent an oil pipeline from being built through Native Americans...
article Pipeline protesters admit to damaging sign, burning machinery
(Iowa) -- Two activists have admitted to causing damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline and equipment used to construct it in a news release sent Monday. Jessica Reznicek...

7/24/2017

article State regulators hold executive session to discuss Dakota Access complaint
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission met for an hour behind closed doors Friday to discuss its pending enforcement actions regarding the Dakota...

7/23/2017

article In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds that Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law
(Washington D.C.) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the...

7/22/2017

article Regulators consider first major ND pipeline since Dakota Access
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold public hearings starting Monday, July 24, on the largest pipeline proposed in the state since the...

7/21/2017

article Here's why pipeline companies almost always get their way
(North Dakota) -- When it comes to pipeline propositions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to say “yea” or “nay”...

7/20/2017

article State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota's main...

7/19/2017

article Army Corps, DAPL fight to keep pipeline open during review
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked a judge to keep the pipeline running while further review of the environmental risks is conducted through...
article Attorney encourages consultation with tribes on pipelines
(North Dakota) -- An attorney with experience negotiating for oil companies with Native American tribes urged attendees at a Bakken oil conference Wednesday to take...
article Panel: Dakota Access-style protests could become commonplace
(North Dakota) -- Well-funded and organized protests like the one involving the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline may become commonplace, officials said Wednesday as...

7/18/2017

article Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in...

7/17/2017

article Charges against man accused of threatening DAPL guard may be dropped
(North Dakota) -- A prosecutor has asked to dismiss the felony charge against a protester accused of threatening a pipeline security guard with a knife. Morton County...

7/16/2017

article Cass County sheriff says intense North Dakota pipeline protests haunted his dreams nightly
(North Dakota) -- Paul Laney’s phone rang on a Saturday while he was relaxing as he watched televised coverage of the summer Olympics. Little did the Cass County...

7/14/2017

article Dakota Access Pipeline developer says offer to help with law enforcement costs is still on the table
(North Dakota) -- A spokeswoman for the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline said Thursday, July 13, its offer to help the state of North Dakota with law...
article N.D. still on the hook for DAPL protest costs
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration may have denied a reimbursement request for law enforcement at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, but there are other...
article Trump denies disaster declaration for Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration rejected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s request for a “major disaster declaration” to help cover some of...
article President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes
(Washington D.C.) -- Last month, President Donald Trump said he had his eyes closed when he approved the Dakota Access Pipeline. More recent comments appear to confirm...

7/10/2017

article Millennials and Standing Rock: An Anonymous Confessional One Year Later
(North Dakota) -- What made you go to Standing Rock? I have a close friend named Snake who is from a Native American tribe in Amherst County, Virginia. He invited me to...
article Charges dismissed against drone operator who documented protests
(North Dakota) -- Criminal charges against a well-known drone operator, who documented the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, were dismissed Monday at the request of the...

7/7/2017

article Banks Have Cut Funding for Fossil Fuels Projects 22 Percent
(USA) -- A new report from a consortium of environmental groups shows that big banks are reducing their investment in fossil fuel projects. While this is welcome news to...

7/6/2017

article BENDER: Pipeline judge’s decision shows limits of capitalist jurisprudence
(USA) -- Judge Boasberg is sending mixed signals. The now enigmatic jurist, in a verbose 91-page opinion, has ruled that some parts of the approval of the Dakota Access...
article Meagher: Response to Red Warrior Press Release Published in ICMN
(North Dakota) -- My name is Kevin Meagher. I am the author of the Open Letter titled “Red Warrior Deceit” that can be found on the Word Press Blog site...

7/5/2017

article Oil pipeline developer ends private security in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Wednesday that it no longer has private security personnel in North Dakota, including a...

7/4/2017

article Dispute over Dakota Access handling of artifacts to linger
(North Dakota) -- A dispute over whether the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts in...

7/2/2017

article NREL amicus brief supports Tribes in their first DAPL victory
(New Mexico) -- On June 14, a federal judge ruled that the federal government did not adequately consider the environmental impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
article Tribes to Gather in Black Hills on July 4th for “Reclamation of Independence”
(South Dakota) -- He began his presidency by signing executive memorandum to green-light the Keystone-XL Pipeline (K-XL) and Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and last week...

6/29/2017

article Vox Sentences: Shale shock
(North Dakota) -- Under the Obama administration, it looked like the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline wasn’t going to happen. Then Donald Trump was elected...

6/28/2017

article Board: Pipeline security company operated without license
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators are suing a North Carolina-based private security firm hired by the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline,...

6/26/2017

article Dakota Access review to re-examine impact on tribe
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge's order for more environmental review of the already-operating Dakota Access oil pipeline has several potential outcomes, all of...
article Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders remain confident they will be able to stop oil from flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline even though a decision isn't expected...

6/25/2017

article Dakota Access review to re-examine impact on tribe
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge's order for more environmental review of the already-operating Dakota Access oil pipeline has several potential outcomes, all of...
article Woman accused in DAPL protest shooting now in halfway house
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing a move from jail to a halfway house for a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during a protest...

6/24/2017

article Are you fighting for tribal reform?
(North Dakota) -- We would like to hear from people who are involved in tribal constitutional reform. What issues are you facing and what are your hopes for the future?...
article Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Tribal leaders remain confident they will be able to stop oil from flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline even though a decision isn't expected...

6/23/2017

article Red Warrior Camp Speaks
(New York) -- “Mni Sose’ called our Spirits. From the four directions, we traveled alone or in caravans to gather at the riverbanks. We formed a self-...

6/22/2017

article UPDATE: Judge Likely to Make Decision on DAPL Operations in September
(North Dakota) -- During the status hearing yesterday (June 21), U.S. District Judge James Boasberg approved a schedule for the lawsuit, which would set September as the...
article An indigenous woman is facing federal charges for protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- In an escalation of the criminalization of protesters, an indigenous woman is facing several federal charges for her involvement in the Standing Rock...

6/21/2017

article Dakota Access Pipeline Legal Battle to Rage Through Summer
(Washington D.C.) -- The protesters and cameras are gone and oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, but the battle over the 1,200-mile...
article Lawyer: ‘No timeframe’ for new Dakota Access environmental review
(Washington D.C.) -- A government lawyer said Wednesday that officials don’t know how long it will take them to redo an environmental review of the Dakota Access...
article Criminalising Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- The recent revelations of the Intercept, exposing how the US government is treating environmental activism at Standing Rock as an "insurgency...
article Reflections on Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- Thanks to a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, I had the privilege of visiting both North and South Dakota and speak with witnesses and...
article Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline shutdown months away
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge won't decide until later this year whether to shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline while federal officials conduct a...
article Native Tribes Continue DAPL Battle Inside and Outside of D.C. Court
(North Dakota) -- As a U.S. District Court judge hears the next part of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, supporters of the Standing Rock and...

6/20/2017

article Judge announces Trump won't be defendant in pipeline lawsuit
(North Dakota) -- President Donald Trump won't be added as a defendant in a lawsuit over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that he pushed to completion, a...

6/18/2017

article OP/ED: McFeely: What do DAPL zealots think about the rule of law now?
(North Dakota) -- The kerfuffle over the Dakota Access Pipeline was all about the "rule of law" we were told. The U.S. is a nation of laws, and if those laws...

6/17/2017

article Judge orders additional environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline. But will it stop oil from flowing?
(North Dakota) -- In a decision the Standing Rock Sioux and its supporters lauded as a potential turning point, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to...
article Native Americans will Invest in Solar and Wind while North Dakota and South Dakota fail to totally divest of Fossil Fuels in a Timely Manner
(New York) -- We speak with Dave Archambault II, 45th chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Nick Tilsen of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation...
article The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Achieve an Important Win in Federal Court
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has picked up support in federal court following a ruling last Wednesday by Federal Judge James Boasberg. Boasberg has...

6/16/2017

article Dakota pipeline protesters won a small victory in court. We must fight on
(USA) -- The fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline was supposed to be consigned to the annals of history by now – at least if Donald...
article Activists claim Dakota Access Pipeline's permit invalid in Iowa, request halt of oil shipments
(Iowa) -- Two environmental groups are asking Iowa utility regulators to halt the flow of oil on the Dakota Access Pipeline in response to a federal judge's ruling...
article Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect
(North Dakota) -- Remember the “rule of law” invoked at Standing Rock? That was the phrase used over and over by law enforcement from the state of North...

6/15/2017

article Breaking: DAPL Approval Illegal, Judge Finds
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law in its fast-tracked approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a U.S. District Court Judge in...
article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Fraizer Reacts to U.S. District Court DAPL Decision
(South Dakota) -- On June 14, 2017, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
article Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a new phase after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct an environmental...
article The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Wednesday, handing the tribe its first legal victory in its year-long battle against...
article The Spirituality of Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- In December 2016, when thousands of Native Americans, environmental activists and their supporters were camped on the high plains of North Dakota...

6/14/2017

article Federal judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access pipeline but...
article Judge Orders Review Of Dakota Access Pipeline In Victory For Standing Rock Tribe
(North Dakota) -- In a victory for environmentalists and Native American activists, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider...
article Judge: Redo part of analysis for Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge has handed a lifeline to efforts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, ruling Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn...

6/13/2017

article Activist prepared to take pipeline protest case to trial
(North Dakota) -- An American Indian activist and former U.S. congressional candidate accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline...
article Follow Up: About That Big Award to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for Clean Energy
(North Dakota) -- The fight to halt the Dakota access pipeline was one of the most inspiring examples of grassroots activism in recent years. Demonstrators put...

6/10/2017

article Wages of Protest: Wallace Global Fund Gives Standing Rock $250K Prize
(North Dakota) -- Is environmental activism paying off for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe? Although its high-profile protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline helped...

6/9/2017

article Tribe that protested DAPL wants off fossil fuels
(North Dakota) -- The American Indian tribe that led opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it hopes to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. Standing Rock...

6/8/2017

article Dakota Access faces fines for disturbing artifacts in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing to discuss the disturbance of tribal artifacts during construction of the Dakota...
article D'ERRICO: The Cerebral Battle of DAPL: What if Standing Rock Retained TigerSwan?
(USA) -- “It is often the perception of local citizens that multinational businesses arrive in their countries and rob them of natural resources and local revenue...
article From Standing Rock to Sun Valley
(Idaho) -- The protracted battle over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and the effects it would have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe...
article Standing Rock Sioux Honored in New York City
(New York) -- Several notables are on hand today to bestow the first ever Henry A. Wallace Prize on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is being honored for “...

6/7/2017

article Hearings scheduled on potential Dakota Access pipeline fines
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota regulators have scheduled late-summer hearings on potentially fine-able offenses alleged against the Texas-based developer of the Dakota...
article ‘I Just Closed My Eyes And Said Do It’: How Trump Approved Dakota Access Pipeline [VIDEO]
(Ohio) -- President Donald Trump touted his political strength in approving the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline during a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday.

6/5/2017

article Red Fawn Fallis seeking pretrial release
(North Dakota) -- The woman accused of shooting at police officers during an October pipeline protest is petitioning the court to get out of jail before her July 17...

6/4/2017

article Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of “Surveillance-Industrial Complex
(USA) -- ON A FREEZING NIGHT in November, as police sprayed nonviolent Dakota Access Pipeline opponents with water hoses and rubber bullets, representatives of the FBI,...
article Why Did a Private Security Contractor Treat Standing Rock Protesters Like ‘Jihadists’?
(North Dakota) -- During my week-long visit to Standing Rock in January 2017, I listened to many water protectors speak about the shady tactics used against them by...

6/2/2017

article Oil Flowing Through DAPL
(South Dakota) -- Oil started flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on Thursday June 1 as the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes vowed to continue their...
article Paramilitary security tracked and targeted #noDAPL activists, docs show
(North Dakota) -- As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, a private security firm...

6/1/2017

article Embattled Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Begins Service; Native American Tribes Remain Opposed
(North Dakota) -- The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline began shipping oil for customers on Thursday, as Native American tribes that opposed the project vowed to...
article Oil Began Flowing Through DAPL Today: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Responds
(North Dakota) -- Today, Energy Transfer Partners announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun “commercial service” and is fully operational.
article Opinion: On Reports of Counterterrorism Efforts Against Water Protectors
(South Dakota) -- This Memorial Day, as I remembered both the brave warriors who lost their lives in defense of both our Lakota way of life and those that lost their...
article Tribe officials acquitted in North Dakota pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- Two officials with the Standing Rock Sioux have been acquitted of disorderly conduct charges that were filed during early protests against the Dakota...

5/31/2017

article Archambault found innocent of protest-related charge
(North Dakota) -- Two Standing Rock tribal leaders were acquitted Wednesday of disorderly conduct charges arising from an August protest. In less than 20 minutes, six...
article Complaints against Dakota Access to be investigated
(North Dakota) -- Dakota Access LLC officials will meet with state regulators this summer over two complaints lodged against the company for alleged violations of its...
article Dakota Access Pipeline firm reportedly hired contractor for surveillance, infiltration of protests
(North Dakota) -- A global security firm with ties to the government reportedly conducted extensive surveillance and infiltrated activist groups during the prolonged...
article Dakota Access pipeline expected to begin shipping Thursday
(North Dakota) -- The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is expected to begin shipping oil on Thursday, will face scrutiny later this summer on whether...

5/30/2017

article Dakota Access pipeline, law officers had close relationship
(North Dakota) -- A private security firm hired by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation against...

5/29/2017

article TigerSwan, Counter-Terrorism and NoDAPL: 10 Astonishing Revelations in ‘The Intercept’ Report
(North Dakota) -- The revelations posted by the investigative-news website The Intercept on Saturday May 27 did not come as much of a surprise to water protectors who...
article Standing Rock film festival centers around pipeline protest
(North Dakota) -- A film festival on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year while also fostering...

5/28/2017

article The New Indian Wars: Counterterrorism Tactics Used on DAPL Protesters
(North Dakota) -- The exclusive report by The Intercept reveals how a mercenary corporation treated protesters as religiously motivated insurgents. A mercenary and...

5/27/2017

article Leaked documents reveal counterterrorism tacticts used at Standing Rock to "Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies"
(North Dakota) -- A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style...
article Drone and cell phone footage lead to acquittal in protest case
(North Dakota) -- A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of endangering a police plane with his drone was found innocent of all charges on Thursday. At the...

5/26/2017

article Firm behind Dakota Access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks
(California) -- The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the...
article The Dakota Access Pipeline Threat: By the Numbers
(Iowa) -- Last fall I attended a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which was being constructed near my town of Ames, Iowa. Invited by a friend who said...
article Goodbye DAPL: US Bank Will Cease to Fund Oil/Gas Pipelines
(USA) -- No more Dakota Access Pipelines (DAPL) for U.S. Bank. The giant bancorporation has just amended its Environmental Responsibility Policy to ban funding oil and...
article As Dakota Access Pipeline Leaks, Native Artists Examine Contested Landscapes
(North Dakota) -- “We are in crisis,” intones the indigenous artist collective WINTER COUNT in a video of the same title. A drone pans over the Oceti Sakowin...

5/25/2017

article Leaks Found on Dakota Access Pipeline System
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the...

5/22/2017

article The Federal Government Wants To Imprison These Six Water Protectors
(North Dakota) -- In February, a federal grand jury issued indictments of four Standing Rock water protectors on charges of Federal Civil Disorder and Use of Fire to...
article Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the...
article Two More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in two separate incidents in North Dakota in March as crews prepared the pipeline...
article Native American Water Protectors Begin European Tour in Paris
(France) -- From May 20 till June 14, some activist of the Standing Rock's Movement will come to Europe for a solidarity tour called, "Standing Up with Standing...

5/20/2017

article Civil case against Archambault dismissed by federal judge
(North Dakota) -- A federal judge dismissed the civil suit filed by Dakota Access against the Standing Rock tribal chairman and four other defendants. In an order filed...
article Tribes Fighting Pipeline Drop Appeal But Battle Continues
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge's decision that allowed...

5/19/2017

article Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota is flush with billion of dollars in oil tax revenues but the money apparently isn't enough to cover the costs of the state's...
article Tribes Drop Ill-Fated Lawsuit Against Dakota Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- Two of the tribes opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline dropped their lawsuit against the multi-billion-dollar oil project. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe...
article DAPL Civil Suit Dropped Against Archambault, Council Members
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II and several tribal council members are no longer facing a civil suit from Energy Transfer Partners (...
article Port: Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault, who helped instigate #NoDAPL protests, running for re-election
(North Dakota) -- According to an official notice (see below) Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault will be one of ten candidates running to be chairman of the...

5/18/2017

article Tribe Drops Appeal of Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge’s decision that...

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