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American Indians protesting Trump, pipeline with march

American Indians protesting Trump, pipeline with march

Protesters had been camping out near the Dakota Access Pipeline route for months, often getting into clashes with police that sent people on both sides to the hospital.

Representatives of the tribes, however, said they still believe their case is strong, and that the critical legal components of it have just begun.

Demonstrators march through Washington, D.C., on Friday to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Trump and his friends at Big Oil have not won", Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement. Since it would be built under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the tribe argued it would interfere with their religious practices.

In the meantime, they said, they'll continue to argue for more environmental study and for the government to recognize the tribe's treaty rights to clean water. On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected a request by the Cheyenne River Indian tribe to halt the pipeline's construction on religious grounds. It was on that claim that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied their motion for a preliminary injunction.

Opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has been ongoing for almost a year. According to court records, it appears the source of that social justice analysis wasn't the Army Corps of Engineers (which is responsible for overseeing and signing off on any critical decisions that would affect the pipeline's approval), but the applicants themselves: Dakota Access LLC and its contractor, HDR Inc. It then made a decision to put forth a request in the court against Preliminary Injection Motion and asked the court to halt the construction process.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners says it could be moving oil through the Dakota Access pipeline as early as next week.

The ruling all but ensures that the last link of the pipeline under Lake Oahe can come on line as soon as final construction and testing is finished.

Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says it would take about three weeks to get the oil to IL. The fight against the pipeline led to a months-long protest camp that drew opponents of the project from around the country. The massive crowd of Native Americans, allies, and celebrities began their two-mile walk at the headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Members of the tribe and protesters sympathetic to them kicked off a four-day protest on Tuesday by setting up tepees on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Native American leaders also plan to lobby politicians to protect tribal rights.

The Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux lost a legal bid to halt the construction of the last link of the oil pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.


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