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Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.
(Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0)
feature February 22, 2022

FAQ: Standing Rock Litigation

About the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A Native American community member places a hand on the Red Road totem pole during a tour stop at Greater Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.
(Wingspan Media & Te Maia Wiki)
Article July 31, 2021

Indigenous Heritage Sites Are at Risk of Destruction. Biden Can Change That.

A historic totem pole journey builds pressure on the Biden administration to fulfill promises made to the first peoples of America’s lands and waters.

Map of crude oil, petroleum product, hydrocarbon liquid, and natural gas pipelines in the contiguous United States.
(U.S. Energy Information Administration)
feature July 14, 2021

Why Are Fossil Fuel Pipelines Bad for Our Climate and Communities?

The threat from pipelines may be big, but it is solvable.

On April 1, 2021, activists with the Indigenous Environmental Network organized a rally in Washington, D.C., calling on President Biden to 'Build Back Fossil Free' by stopping the Dakota Access, Line 3, and Line 5 pipelines.
 (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Update April 9, 2021

Biden Delivers Disappointment on the Dakota Access Pipeline

The position taken by the administration is no different than that of the Trump administration. So what happens now?

video January 19, 2021

Tȟokáta Hé Miyé (My Name Is Future)

Tell President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Jon Eagle Sr.
(Stephen Yang for Earthjustice)
Article November 30, 2020

An Open Letter on DAPL

“Our experience is that the U.S. does not honor the treaties of their grandfathers,” writes the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s historic preservation officer.

Catcher Cuts The Rope, an Iraq War veteran, leads a protest march to a sacred burial ground at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota on Sept. 9, 2016.
(Alyssa Schukar / New York Times via Redux)
feature July 6, 2020

Still Standing

In the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s case against the Dakota Access Pipeline, youth activism and legal advocacy work hand-in-hand in the fight for justice.

Tribes and allies gathered to defend Standing Rock Sioux territory from the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. After years of litigation, a court struck down the pipeline's water permits on March 25, 2020.
(Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Article March 25, 2020

Standing Rock Tribe Wins in Court After Years of Perseverance

A federal judge struck down permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline, even after COVID-19 precautions led to an unconventional day in court.

A young supporter of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, outside the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on September 6, 2016, where an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites was heard.
(Michael Kennedy for Earthjustice)
feature March 18, 2020

DAPL Update: Tribe Asks Court to Shut Down DAPL Due to Failed Remand; Massive Pipeline Expansion Planned

Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman explains the significance of the legal development.

feature November 1, 2018

The Renewed Legal Challenge Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

A new chapter opens in the legal fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

feature August 31, 2018

On the U.S. Army Corps’ Aug. 31 Decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a brief decision on Aug. 31, 2018, affirming its original decision to issue a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Attorney Jan Hasselman explains what it means.

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near New Salem, North Dakota, on August 25, 2016.
(Tony Webster / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
feature October 11, 2017

Dakota Access Update: The Oil Will Keep Flowing; The Fight Continues

The Earthjustice attorney representing the Standing Rock Sioux explains the Oct. 11 ruling on the case, and where the legal process goes next.

feature June 15, 2017

DAPL Ruling: What Was Decided, What’s Next?

An explanation of the latest court decision in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's litigation: how the Trump administration decision fell short in three important respects, and what lies ahead.

Nathan Piengkham (left), a member of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, paddles the Snake River during last year's Free the Snake Flotilla. He also joined a group of tribal members who traveled to Standing Rock last year with traditional hand-carved canoes. At a March 2017 treaty rights conference in Lewiston, Idaho, he and other tribal members reflected on how treaty rights and cultural tradition have aided in movements to protect the environment.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Article April 18, 2017

‘Paddling Side by Side,’ from Standing Rock to the Lower Snake River

Native American tribes around the country are coming together to assert their treaty rights and protect the environment for future generations.

Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.
(Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0)
feature March 22, 2017

In Conversation: Standing With Standing Rock

Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, lead counsel to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their litigation, discusses the historic legal case and what lies ahead.

video February 9, 2017

Donald Trump, Turn On Your Phone

Donald Trump is saying that no one is calling to complain about his approval of pipelines. He is forgetting to mention that the phones are not on and that people can't call.

Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota.
(Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0)
feature December 16, 2016

Dakota Access: Where Do We Go from Here?

What does the decision not to grant an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline mean, and could the Trump administration reverse course?

Article November 22, 2016

Nos Estamos Perdiendo del 90 Por Ciento de la Historia del Oleoducto Dakota Access

La protesta del oleoducto Dakota Access es un intento necesario de proteger el agua y la cultura nativa.