Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published June 16, 2017
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – On June 14, 2017, a federal judge ruled in favor of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
The 91-page opinion stated “did not adequately consider” Tribal interests when making decisions regarding the permitting of the DAPL.
The ruling on Wednesday confirmed CRST’s allegations regarding the process used by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) to permit the pipeline. Although the federal judge stopped short of shutting down the pipeline citing the need for another hearing next week.
“I have always had faith and believed in the people, treaties and water protectors. The prayers of many were answered with this decision. It is one victory in the many battles that will face our people, but history has shown the we will always prevail with unity and prayer,” stated Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier.
Nicole Ducheneaux, an attorney for the CRST, stated “This is a major victory for all of Indian country, not just the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes, because it affirms that the United States must honor its solemn treaty obligations when it makes decisions that affect our resources. While the Tribe is pleased, we also understand that we have won the battle, not the war. In addition to the question of whether the oil should continue flowing, the Tribe remains concerned that the court has misunderstood the United States’ and the Corps’ trust responsibility to us. There is a lot of fight left to fight. We are ready.”