The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act — NAGPRA for short — gave Tribes a legal avenue to pursue the return of remains and some funerary objects.
The federal judge found the Trump administration failed to follow environmental procedures. While the ruling doesn’t order a halt to pipeline operations, it does open the door to that possibility.
A federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes to halt construction on the final piece of the pipeline in North Dakota.
The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.
A crude oil pipeline in western North Dakota has leaked nearly 200,000 barrels of oil. The scene is about 150 miles west of where protesters have been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline.
A day after the Army Corps of Engineers blocked the proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribal leader said “nothing will happen” until the Trump administration begins.
Authorities have ordered the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline to clear out — but those who have gathered to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are preparing for a long stay.
Members of the One People Canoe Society are traveling this week from Alaska to North Dakota to paddle in protest over a controversial pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked paddlers from around the country to show support with a float down the Missouri River.