Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reacts to Judge’s Decision

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published February 14, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – After yesterday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to deny a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe issued the following statement:

Today in Washington D.C. Federal Court the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe did not get the judge to stop drilling under the Missouri River. The Federal Judge denied the Temporary Restraining Order which would block further construction and operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

However, the fight is not over as the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe did get a date for the hearing on the Preliminary Injunction. That hearing is scheduled for 27 February and can also block the construction of DAPL. The motion challenged the legality of the decision to grant an easement through resources in which the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a member of the Great Sioux Nation, holds a property interest. It asserts that the easement violates federal statutes, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), because it allows the pipeline to run under the waters of Lake Oahe, an essential and sacred water source of the Lakota people.

Echoing previous statements, Chairman Harold C. Frazier stated, “This is one battle in a long fight that involves the Great Sioux Nation and we are working together with the Great Sioux Nation to win. We must continue to fight for the future of our children and grand-children. This is involving each and everyone one of us, the wolves are near and we must unite to defend what is right.”

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