'Historic' protest grows ahead of key ruling on Dakota Access pipeline

Native Americans march to a sacred site on Sunday that they say was disturbed by bulldozers working on the Dakota Access Pipeline near the encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest

Judge James Boasberg of the US district court ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers "likely complied" with National Historic Preservation Act by permitting the 1,170-mile Dakota Access pipeline, which will take oil from North Dakota to IL. Aware of the indignities visited upon the Tribe ove.

The gathering has attracted Native Americans from tribes across the country in a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.

Despite this ruling, the USA government requests Dakota Access pipeline owners "voluntarily pause" work on the section in North Dakota. In his ruling Boasberg said he could not concur with claims by the Standing Rock Sioux that the government erred in approving the Dakota Access pipeline.

The tribe haggled with the oil pipeline developers over whether the National Historic Preservation Act, which allows the government to preserve historical and archaeological sites, can and should be used to prevent the building of the $3.8 million pipeline.

Following a week of drama surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, two big news updates have come in Friday afternoon, each carrying major consequences for the future of the oil project.

The tribe sued the corps over its permit for the Missouri River crossing, arguing the federal agency failed to properly consult the tribe.

A federal judge Friday denied a Native American tribe's request for a temporary restraining order to halt construction on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

A weekend confrontation between protesters and private security guards left some guards injured and some protesters with dog bites.

There have been several violent clashes between a coalition of Native American tribes and security guards at a protest camp set up at a pipeline construction site in North Dakota. And since it does not cross an global border, as the Keystone XL project did, it escaped a more probing federal analysis of its economic justification and environmental impact, according to the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, David Archambault II, who wrote in a New York Times op-ed that they have been opposing the pipeline since they first learned of it in 2014.

Earlier this year, federal officials cancelled an oil and gas lease in northwest Montana because the Blackfoot tribes of the USA and Canada said the project would disturb an area they consider sacred. "This is an historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and for tribes across the nation", tribal chairman Dave Archambault said.

The plaintiffs claim the tribe was not properly consulted before the US Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline project, which would run from North Dakota to South Dakota, Iowa and IL. She said the protests would continue.

Apart from concerns about construction disrupting sacred tribal sites, conservation groups have said they fear oil leaks could contaminate farmland and water resources near the pipeline.

For months, hundreds of protesters - organizers say thousands have joined at one time or another - have gathered near the lake in a bid to halt further construction. About 100 Guard members will be on standby as the dozen or so Guard members manning the traffic checkpoint provide relief for civilian authorities so they can patrol Morton County and better respond to calls for service, Maj.

Group members are marching in solidarity with Native Americans fighting to stop the pipeline that would run from North Dakota to IL.

A federal judge on Friday ruled that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline can move forward despite a tribe's objections to the project.

Youth members of the tribe aged 6 to 25 ran a relay race from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., to deliver the petitions. It says it has completed 90 percent of the clearing process in North Dakota and that the project itself is about 50 percent complete.



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