Crowd outside Federal Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Native News Online photo by Randall Slikkers
Published September 6, 2016
WASHINGTON – Lawyers representing the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes were disappointed Tuesday afternoon by federal District Judge James E. Boarsberg’s ruling that allows construction on the Dakota Access pipeline to continue west of North Dakota Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
However, the judge halted construction east of Highway 1806.
On the west side of the highway, there already has been a lot of construction completed. The tribes are opposing construction there because a portion of the land contains ancestral burial grounds.
Lawyers had sought for an injunction to stop construction for a 20-mile radius of Lake Oahe where tribal officials deemed the land part of tribal ancestral land.
Today’s hearing was called yesterday be Judge Boarsberg because emotions were high after Energy Transfer Partners deliberately destroyed sacred burial grounds and a private security company hired by the Texas-based company released attack dogs on land protectors who were seeking to stop earth movers to further desecrate tribal burial grounds.
The judge is to rule by this Friday, September 9, 2016, on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes, with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe now as an additional plaintiff, to halt construction on their ancestral tribal lands.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued this statement after Tuesday’s ruling:
Today’s denial of a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) west of Lake Oahe puts my people’s sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration.
We are disappointed that the U.S. District Court’s decision does not prevent DAPL from destroying our sacred sites as we await a ruling on our original motion to stop construction of the pipeline.
– David Archambault II, Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Mark Charles and Randall Slikkers contributed to this story from Washington, D.C.