Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II outside after the White House Tribal Conference on September 26, 2016. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published October 5, 2016
WASHINGTON — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be in court on Wednesday in the nation’s capital when its lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be argued in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Court of Appeals issued a temporary stop of construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for an area close to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Wednesday’s hearing may ultimately decide if the pipeline project moves forward.
“Continued construction in the 20 miles around Lake Oahe is likely to irreparably harm the tribe because this is a landscape filled with irreplaceable sacred sites, graves, and cultural features,” the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s read in part. “Indeed, the precise harm that the tribe has long feared came to pass on September 3, 2016, when Dakota Access bulldozers destroyed graves, prayer sites, and stone features the day after the tribe filed evidence describing them to the district court.”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II will make statements and be available for questions following a hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the Tribe’s request for an injunction to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline during the appeal process.
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will not back down from this fight,” said Archambault. “We are guided by prayer, and we will continue to fight for our people. We will not rest until our lands, people, waters and sacred sites are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline.”