Another big week as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to court
The #NoDAPL movement continues to dominate headlines as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe heads back to court to protect its homelands from a controversial and costly oil pipeline.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has already halted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline in a key area of North Dakota. But the order is only temporary and a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday could determine whether the contested project moves forward.
Going into the hearing, the tribe enjoys an unusual advantage. The court's administrative injunction, which was issued on the evening of September 16, just hours after a federal judge declined to take further action against the pipeline, is unprecedented in an Indian law case.