Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

North Dakota’s request to dismiss road closure suit denied

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–A federal judge has denied North Dakota‚Äôs request to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The federal lawsuit brought by members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest in 2018 alleges that the closure of state Highway…

ND & Tribal Leaders Respond to Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

This ruling is the first major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe since protests and legal battles began over the pipeline in 2016.

WASHINGTON – Oil flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline may come to a standstill after a federal judge ordered the pipeline to shutdown by August 5th. Oil cannot continue to flow until the Army Corps of Engineers completes an Environmental Impact Statement. Federal Judge James Boasberg ruled the Army Corps of Engineers ‘did not adequately consider the impacts of an…

Gov. Burgum Adopts Rules for Tribal Voter Identification

A public hearing and public comment period will be held.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Governor Doug Burgum officially adopted Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s emergency rules related to tribal ID’s for Native American voters on Wednesday. The new rules will allow the state to incorporate the use of tribal ID’s for Native American voters into the statewide electronic pollbook project that was implemented in 2019. The rules address the documentation that constitutes a…

North Dakota and Standing Rock to Develop Pipeline Spill Plan

Tribal leaders recently requested a response plan and resources to prepare for a spill.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–The State of North Dakota will work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to help develop a response plan for potential spill of the Dakota Access pipeline. State Emergency Services Director Cody Schulz said tribal leaders recently requested a response plan and resources to prepare for a spill near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Schulz on Monday…

Judge Allows Tribe to Intervene on Proposed DAPL Expansion

Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe's petition for status as an intervenor.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe’s petition for status as an intervenor Thursday in the case before the Public Service Commission. Dawson’s order says there was no opposition to the petition. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants…

Standing Rock Sioux To Show Support For Native Hawaiians During Telescope Dispute

Many of them consider Mauna Kea Volcano to be sacred land

MAUNA KEA, HI — Standing Rock Sioux tribal members are showing solidarity with Native Hawaiians who oppose the construction of a huge telescope on the Mauna Kea volcano. At least 34 people, mostly elders, were arrested as officials tried to start building the 1.6 billion dollar telescope again. Many of them consider Mauna Kea to be sacred land. Standing Rock…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Joins Opioid Lawsuit

The tribe joins several other tribes in suing major opioid manufacturers and distributors.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is joining several tribes nationwide in suing major opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribe filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against 24 defendants in the opioid industry. It alleges companies used false and misleading advertising and failed to prevent drug diversion. The lawsuit also alleges that opioid…