Last week, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed an emergency evacuation order, citing rising water levels and an increased risk of ice jams as a safety issue that required the camp to be cleared. Most of those living at the camp left voluntarily, with many boarding state-funded buses to get access to hygiene kits, food, and hotels.
To obtain the temporary restraining order, the tribe must convince the judge there will be immediate harm suffered and prove it has a strong overall case should its lawsuit to halt the project result in a full trial. “This administration (Trump’s) has expressed utter and complete disregard for not only our treaty and water rights, but the environment as a whole,” the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a statement on its website.
Standing Rock activists have a simple, yet powerful message: Withdraw your money from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead of keeping your money in pro-fossil fuel banks, you can consider credit unions, which are nonprofit cooperatives that pool deposits so that members can borrow at low interest rates and generally invest in local projects.
Burgum told Reuters that approval of the pipeline appeared to be a foregone conclusion once Donald Trump moved into the White House. “I expect the world’s going to change dramatically on that day relative to finding resolution on this issue,” Burgum said in an interview.
Media could apply the lessons left by scant coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Flint to empower these communities and bring attention to the many other ongoing situations of disproportionate impact that desperately need attention
A sheriff’s department in North Dakota is investigating possible charges against the U.S. Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, for damaging equipment during protests on Tuesday over construction of an oil pipeline.
The Standing Rock protests, which have now continued for months as the Standing Rock Sioux tribe fights against the Dakota Access oil pipeline and its potential to pollute their water supply, have reached a new level of violence, as private security guards working for the primary construction company associated with the project attacked the Native American protesters with dogs and pepper spray Saturday.