Court Denies Latest Motion Against Dakota Access

A man stands next to homemade shields in Sacred Stone camp one of the few remaining camps protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball North Dakota

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C., on Friday, calling on the Trump administration to meet with tribal leaders and opposing construction of the almost complete Dakota Access Pipeline.

A federal judge declined earlier this week to temporarily halt the construction. Since it would be built under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the tribe argued it would interfere with their religious practices.

The tribes had asked the court for a preliminary injunction last month - following the Trump administration's decision to grant an easement for the pipeline's final stretch, which runs under the bed of Lake Oahe, a federally regulated reservoir that is a source of drinking water for both tribes. "I would tell [President Trump] they need to stop these pipelines that are destroying our water", he said.

The protest, which began at the Army Corps of Engineers office, included a stop in front of Trump International Hotel in downtown D.C.

The judge's decision came as American Indians from across the country gathered in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's policies encouraging oil pipelines.

Work on the pipeline, which is owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, was halted in December by the Obama administration.

At the White House, protesters demonstrated, danced and prayed in what organizers say is a show of solidarity against the federal government that has a long history of discounting tribal concerns on a range of environmental, economic and social issues.

He rejected the tribes' argument that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't engage in proper consultations on the pipeline's path and said the Sioux hadn't protested the pipeline for more than two years after knowing about the proposed route in Cannon Ball, N.D.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation completed its initial fix work to the Backwater Bridge last month.

"The low point for me, was being shot with rubber bullets", recalled Standing Rock resident Robert Eder. It's a message we'd do well by taking to heart.

The latest legal push by the Sioux tribes' counsels from the Lakota People's Law Project also contained a reference to a prophecy about a Black Snake that would bring destruction to the communities.

Friday's march was the pinnacle event of a four-day Native Nations Rise presence in Washington and ends with a closing ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The assessment, which was then largely wrapped into the Army Corps impact statement, excluded data describing the localized impact an oil leak would have if it were to occur under the Missouri River.

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