September 16, 2016

Victory in Dakota for the Sioux

From The Shalom Center:

Following the ruling in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps, the Army announced that it will not authorize construction on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it determines whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site. Federal agencies are asking the Dakota Access pipeline company to voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.

Federal agencies are inviting all tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations in the fall to address how the federal government can better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights. The agencies also will explore with tribes whether new legislation should be proposed to Congress to alter the current statutory framework to promote those goals.

For a joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe V. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, click here.

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