Dakota Access Pipeline protest at Standing Rock

(Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

“…in the suppression of dissent in this country, jurisdiction has no boundaries.” Attorney Bruce Ellison said outside the Morton County courthouse in Mandan, ND.

Standing Rock Sioux members argued in court documents that the more they looked at the proposed plan of the pipeline, the more ancient atifacts and burial sites they discovered. However, the archeological firms hired by Dakota Access [Pipeline] have argued that those sites don’t exist. The tribe says this is because the sites were not previously recognized by the federal government.” Rachel Blevins, WeAreChange.org

“In a historic tribal gathering in North Dakota, members from more than 300 native nations have joined the effort to block construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux’s ancestral lands… The Standing Rock Sioux sued to stop construction of the 1,168-mile pipeline that would transport more than 570,000 barrels a day of Baaken crude oil through their ancestral lands. The tribe seeks to protect its burial and cultural sites, and water quality in the Missouri River, under which the pipeline would flow. A lawsuit is still pending.” Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times.

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