Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal and pro-treaty Dakota Access legal opinion
February 23, 2017
A legal opinion that tribes have been using in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has been suspended by the new Trump administration and could be rescinded altogether.
Hillary Tompkins, who was the first Native woman to serve as Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, authored the opinion on December 4, 2016. In it, she concluded that the controversial project impacts the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.