Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II addresses #NoDAPL supporters outside federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2016. Native News Online photo by Mark Charles.
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Published September 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — Federal District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline can continue despite efforts by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes to halt the $3.8 billion pipeline. The ruling was just released this afternoon in Washington, D.C.
Shortly after the judge’s decision was announced, the U.S. Justice Department, U.S. Army and U.S. Department of the Interior said the construction cannot resume pending tribal consultations.
The judge ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had “likely complied” with its obligation to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
In late July 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because the tribe wasn’t properly consulted throughout the DAPL approval process, which is its right as a sovereign nation. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe joined the lawsuit.
The case was argued before Judge Boasberg on August 24, 2016. On that day, he said he would rule by today.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a press conference at the state capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota this afternoon.
The tribes have indicated they will appeal today’s decision.
Native News Online will have a reporter at the press conference and this story will be updated.