As peaceful prayer camps grow in North Dakota against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, demonstrators in Washington, D.C. are marching and chanting in solidarity while a U.S. federal court hears arguments regarding the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s motion to halt pipeline construction.
“This is just one battle. Regardless of the outcome, we hold our heads high, and we move forward.”
—Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II
In its motion (pdf), the tribe argues that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated several federal laws by approving the pipeline, and seeks preliminary injunctive relief to halt the pipeline construction.
The tribe says that the pipeline will destroy sacred lands and threaten their access to clean water.
“If the judge grants the preliminary injunction, what we can anticipate is that the Energy Transfer Company and possibly the Department of Justice will file an appeal,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II to Indian Country Today Media Network. “They can appeal. But they won’t be able to continue construction.”
A federal judge is expected to issue a ruling Wednesday.
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