UPDATED: Pipeline Opponents Say They’re Committed To ‘Long Haul’

By Mike Nowatzki and Amy Dalrymple NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. – Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say they’ll continue camping north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after a federal judge said Wednesday it may take two weeks for a ruling on the tribe’s request for an injunction. “We’re still in limbo,” said Dallas…
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Aerial photograph taken Saturday, August 20, 2016 over protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Cultural Survey At Heart Of Tribe’s Pipeline Challenge

NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. – The confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers is considered so sacred to tribal communities that enemy tribes once camped within view of each other but remained peaceful because of their reverence for the water and the land. That’s how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe describes the area where the…
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Standing Rock Tribal Leaders Represented By Former U.S. Attorney

BISMARCK – Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon will represent the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who have been sued by Dakota Access LLC for protesting the pipeline construction. Chairman Dave Archambault II and council member Dana Yellow Fat are among several defendants named in a civil case filed last week in federal court…
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Campers and RV's, abandoned in the Bakken Oilfield slowdown, are parked together in a section of TJ's Salvage yard near Watford City, ND. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Discarded RVs A Nuisance For Bakken Salvage Yard

ALEXANDER, N.D. – Abandoned campers from across the Bakken line up end to end in a McKenzie County salvage yard. The RVs, some burned or damaged and others with kitchen supplies still in the cupboards, were once in demand for oil boom workers who needed housing. But as oil activity slowed and many workers left…
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Dakota Access Pipeline crews leave the work site on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, north of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation. Work has not yet resumed in that area due to safety concerns surrounding the protest. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Pipeline Route Plan First Called For Crossing North Of Bismarck

BISMARCK – An early proposal for the Dakota Access Pipeline called for the project to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, but one reason that route was rejected was its potential threat to Bismarck’s water supply, documents show. Now a growing number of protesters are objecting to the oil pipeline’s Missouri River crossing a…
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