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Federal Court Rules Against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Suit

HeadlineOct 10, 2016
H11 pipeline protesters setback

A federal appeals court on Sunday rejected a bid by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to permanently halt construction on part of the Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals paves the way for the Dakota Access company to resume construction on private lands adjacent to Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. A decision on whether the pipeline can proceed under the river rests with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Tribe argued unsuccessfully that construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline is destroying cultural artifacts and sacred sites. Members of hundreds of indigenous nations who’ve gathered at the Standing Rock reservation say they’ll continue to fight the Dakota Access pipeline.

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