Native American Tribes Hit Roadblock in Fight Against Pipeline

Native Americans and their supporters camped out for almost a year at the North Dakota pipeline route, physically blocking construction at the site.

Although, a federal judge declined to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the pipeline, Archambault reassured the crowd that the battle isn't over. The tribes had protested that the construction by Dakota Pipelines would cause damage to the cultural sites of the tribes and also disturb their source of water as the pipelines are getting constructed in the north direction of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Native American groups staged a march to the White House Friday against the construction of a controversial oil pipeline which they fear could lead to the desecration of tribal lands.

The march on Friday began at the office of the Army Corp of Engineers, the government agency charged with overseeing the completion of the pipeline.

The protest comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order reviving plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. "The project violates the sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the National Environmental Protection Act, global conventions on the prior informed consent of indigenous peoples, and crystal clear moral imperatives that place the value of human life and the natural resources it depends upon over the interests of corporations".

On a cold rainy morning, members of the American Indian tribes shouted "Water is sacred" and "Keep it in the soil; can't drink oil" as they marched toward the White House.

In February, a U.S. federal judge rejected a request seeking to halt construction of the final link in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project, dealing a blow to Native American tribes and environmental activists. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company constructing the pipeline, had argued against the preliminary injunction in court filings, asserting that it stood to lose tens of millions of dollars if the pipeline experienced any further delays.

Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman and Cheyenne River attorney Nicole Ducheneaux said they hadn't decided whether to appeal Boasberg's ruling.

Energy Transfer Partners is building the $3.8 billion pipeline to move crude from the Northern Plains to the Midwest and then on to the Gulf of Mexico. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an opponent of the oil pipeline project, to discuss issues facing native peoples. "We do everything peacefully, prayerfully, but we're not going to let him just walk all over us like that and contaminate our water". It's a message we'd do well by taking to heart.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault says the decision is disappointing but not surprising.

  • Eleanor Harrison