Native American Communities Suing Trump Administration Over Pipeline
Two Native American tribes are suing the Trump administration in an effort to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. They say it failed to adhere to historical treaty boundaries and circumvented environmental impact analysis. The Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota contend there was no effort to study how the 1,200-mile pipeline project through their respective territories would affect their water systems and sacred lands. They are asking a federal judge in Montana to rescind the 2017 permit and block any further construction or use of the controversial pipeline. President Barack Obama in 2015 had "ordered work halted on the Dakota pipeline after Native American groups and other activists protested its route near culturally sensitive sites in North Dakota." But shortly after taking office, Donald Trump approved the construction of the Dakota Access project and, on the same day, invited the Canadian company that owns Keystone to reapply for a permit. Less than two months later, the State Department greenlighted the project, paving the way for construction to begin as early as this summer. The proposed pipeline will cross the ancestral lands, sacred sites, and historic sites of tribes. More here.