—Earthjustice’s FAQ on Standing Rock Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit.
Tribal members began protesting the 1,172-mile, four-state, Dakota Access Pipeline construction by setting up camp along the banks of Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in federal district court in Washington, D.C., against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is the primary federal agency that granted permits needed for construction of the pipeline. Background here—Sacred tribal sites still in danger from DAPL by Earthquake Weather
The small Sacred Stone Camp grows supporters there by the thousands with over 200 tribes represented.
National attention grows from the next two events.
Sept. 4 — The Dakota Access Pipeline guards unleash attack dogs on our American Indian water protectors by navajo (23,515 Facebook shares)
Sept. 8 — North Dakota activates National Guard to protect the pipeline instead of our tribes by navajo (40,677 Facebook shares)
—The Vicious Dogs of Manifest Destiny Resurface in North Dakota by Jacqueline Keeler
—North Dakota v. Amy Goodman: Arrest Warrant Issued After Pipeline Coverage
It was also reported that members of Red Warrior camp have been arrested and that law enforcement check points are photographing people, perhaps to make mass arrests later. Activists are urged to avoid the check points.
Federal court denies the Standing Rock Tribe’s request for injunction. However, a joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior asked for construction to voluntarily be ceased on federally controlled lands.
Sept. 9 — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to stop Dakota Access Pipeline denied, Dept. of Justice steps in by navajo
—Partial Victory for Standing Rock Sioux by EarthquakeWeather
Sacred Stone Camp is feeling this: Erased By False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL
A detailed analysis provided by attorney Robin Martinez — who is coordinating legal advice and representation for protesters at the North Dakota camps: What You May Not Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline
Sept. 13 — 22 Water Protectors are arrested and jailed without bond after locking themselves to construction machinery.
—North Dakota’s Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters. We Call It a State of Emergency for Civil Rights by Jennifer Cook, Policy Director, ACLU of North Dakota
Sept. 14 — Morton County Sheriff pursues felony charges on those arrested. 23 people and their charges are named. As of 9/14 a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.
—Judge drops injunction against tribal leaders allowing them to protest lawfully
—Cherokee give $50,000 to oppose North Dakota pipeline
Sept. 16 — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers grants Special Use Permit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to use Federal lands managed by the Corps near Lake Oahe for gathering to engage in a lawful free speech demonstration.
—Appeals court halts Dakota Access Pipeline work pending hearing that will give the court more time to consider the tribes' request for an injunction.
Sept. 20 — Standing Rock Sioux Chairman asks the United Nations for protection of the tribe's sovereign rights by navajo
Sept. 23 — 1,200 archeologists denounce desecration of Standing Rock burial grounds by DAPL, UN agrees by navajo
Sept. 26 — N.D. pipeline activism sparks White House to plan consultations with Native tribes on infrastructure by Meteor Blades
Sept. 28 — N.D. militarized police push back Water Protectors with armored vehicles, tear gas and rifles by navajo
Sept. 29 — 19 members of Congress write to Obama to halt construction on DAPL until a transparent permitting process is in place that includes tribal consultation and adequate environmental review.
Oct. 5 — Oral arguments on the emergency motion for injunction held at the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A ruling was not issued, keeping the temporary halt to construction in place until the Court issues a decision.
— Standing Rock Update: Dallas Goldtooth's frontline report, ally camps & tribal statement on case by navajo
Oct. 10 — The day before Indigenous Peoples Day U.S. Court of Appeals rules against the Standing Rock Sioux by navajo
Oct. 11 — Lawrence O'Donnell and others Stand with Standing Rock, Turnaround Arts Concert Actress Shailene Woodley is arrested by navajo
Oct. 14 — ND Law Enforcement Steps Up Arrests as DAPL Construction Resumes by EarthquakeWeather
Oct. 21 — Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux: Call the White House today! by navajo
American Indians killed by cops at highest rate in the nation, but they're invisible in the media. by Meteor Blades
Oct. 23 — 83 arrested at Standing Rock yesterday, Dakota Access Pipeline wants war. Native drones shot down! by navajo
Oct. 24 — Cops jail 141 in ND: Even more 'Water Protectors' step up to the frontline, citing 1851 Treaty by navajo
Oct. 27 — Cops, Nat'l Guard use sonic device to disperse Water Protectors, concussion grenades to scare bison by navajo
Oct. 28 — Standing Rock Update: 100s arrested, video of mass pepper spraying, injuries from non-lethal weapons by navajo
Oct. 30 — Standing Rock Update: Arson fire started near Oceti Sakowin Camp last night by navajo
Nov. 7 — Standing Rock Update: Rubber bullets, 500+ clergy represent and matriarchal leaders by navajo
Nov. 10 — Stand with Standing Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 15—Nationwide day of disrupting 'business-as-usual' by navajo
Nov. 20 — Watch this live Facebook feed right now of Standing Rock: Massive spraying, rubber bullets and LRAD by navajo
Nov. 21 — Cops attack Standing Rock ‘protectors’ with water cannons in freezing weather; 167 hurt, 7 badly by navajo
Nov. 23 — 'Water Protector' Sophia Wilansky's father: 'Someone will die if something isn’t done' by navajo
Nov. 25 — Army Corps of Engineers tells ND 'Water Protectors' it will close off their main camp Dec. 5 by navajo
Nov. 30 — Spotlight on green news & views: Vets to stand with 'water protectors'; Greenland melts faster by Meteor Blades
Dec. 2 — Open thread for night owls: Veterans arrive in North Dakota to stand with 'water protectors' by Meteor Blades
Dec. 3 — Spotlight on green news and views: Clean energy jobs; polar vortex breakdown; ND protectors dig in by Meteor Blades
Dec. 4 — In huge victory, Army Corps of Engineers calls for full environmental impact statement on pipeline by Meteor Blades
Dec. 5 — A huzzah and thank you to the heroes and allies of the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline by Meteor Blades
Dec. 16 — Lawyers needed for Standing Rock trials by navajo
Army Corp of Engineers proceed with easement process for Dakota Access Pipeline, UPDATED Action! by navajo
YOU can help:
Please consider the on-going legal defense of the hundreds of people arrested and charged with crimes while they protected the water for the 17 million people whose water source is dependent on the Missouri River. Angela Bibens of the Water Protectors Legal Collective is coordinating the out-of-state attorneys who have volunteered to help defend the numerous Water Protectors facing charges. Their Legal Collective is providing funds to pay for these lawyers’ travel and lodging expenses. If you wanna help out there, click on their link above.