Native Nations Rise
According to government attorneys, the Army Corps met with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on May 22, with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on May 29, with the Yankton Sioux Tribe on May 31 and with the Oglala Sioux Tribe on June 1. "To complete its review, the Corps plans to finish its consideration and analysis of the information submitted by the tribes and consider issues identified at the meetings with the tribes," the court filing reads. Throughout the process, the tribes have raised concerns about oil spills, water resources and impacts on their treaty rights. Last June, Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Army Corps failed to consider those issues when it approved the final portion in North Dakota.
Despite the flaws, Boasberg refused to halt operations of the pipeline. Oil started flowing on June 1 and the tribes say they have been kept out of the loop by Energy Transfer Partners, whose top executive was a top donor to Trump's presidential campaign. "Tribal first responders lack information that will be needed in the event of an oil spill – putting them at risk," Standing Rock said in a post on Facebook on Tuesday. The final portion of the pipeline crosses Army Corps-managed land Lake Oahe, less than a half-mile from the Standing Rock border. The land lies within treaty boundaries. Read More on the Story:
Corps to wrap up Dakota Access pipeline work in 2 months (The Associated Press June 11, 2018)