Nati Harnik, Associated Press
Pipes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline are stacked at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. The pipeline will stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a hub in Illinois. The project would move at least 450,000 barrels of crude daily from the Bakken oil fields.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Editor’s Note: is reporting that the federal judge in charge of adjudicating on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for a preliminary injunction against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has called for an emergency hearing tomorrow. According to the article: "Judge James E. Boasberg took action on Monday -- despite it being a federal holiday and ordered the parties to report to a hearing on Tuesday. It will take place at 3pm in Courtroom 19 of the federal courthouse in Washington D.C., the same place where the tribe asked for the preliminary injunction less than two weeks ago.”

CANNON BALL, ND—The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion Sunday for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by Dakota Access Pipeline.

“On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts,” Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said. “They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites. The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We’re asking the court to halt this path of destruction.”

After the initial destruction Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline returned to the area and dug up additional grounds in the pre-dawn hours Sunday, Archambault said.

The motion seeks to prevent additional construction work on an area two miles west of North Dakota Highway 1806, and within 20 miles of Lake Oahe until a judge rules on the Tribe’s previous motion to stop construction.

That motion is based on the Standing Rock Sioux’s assertion that it was not properly consulted before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked approval of the pipeline project.

A decision on the case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, is expected by Sept. 9.

“Destroying the Tribe’s sacred places over a holiday weekend, while the judge is considering whether to block the pipeline, shows a flagrant disregard for the legal process,” said Jan Hasselman, attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux. “The Tribe has been seeking to vindicate its rights peacefully through the courts. But Dakota Access Pipeline used evidence submitted to the Court as their roadmap for what to bulldoze. That’s just wrong.”

Thousands of people from more than 200 Native Tribes have joined the Standing Rock Sioux’s efforts to protect their lands, waters and sacred sites from harm during construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline. If built, the line would carry a half-million barrels of crude oil across the Tribe’s treaty lands each day.

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Jonathan Horwitz
Jonathan Horwitz
Submitted by Jonathan Horwitz on
There are millions of non-indigenous US citizens who also want the pipeline stopped, who support indigenous Americans rights and demands to hold the US Government accountable for broken treaties. Many of us feel a deep gratitude to the indigenous people of North and South America. Thank you for demanding respect for the Earth. Our prayers are with you. The whole world is watching.

Tracie Smith
Submitted by Tracie Smith on
We must stop this corporate greed. What the two companies mentioned above is doing is just another example of what has gone so wrong in this nation. We have corporations who are allowed to do whatever they want to whom ever they choice. This has to stop.'s picture
Submitted by BuzzardRoostRan... on
Even though we are miles away, our prayers are with you. Living in Oklahoma where the oil and gas companies have polluted our land, water and air, we applaud your stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The news may not have shown it, but there was a huge rally in St. Charles (St. Louis) to stop the pipeline. The pipeline company and partners exhibit yet another example of double standards. What do you think would happen if they went through a white man's cemetery?