While imminent threats to the oil pipeline's operations have largely dissipated over the last few months, the completion of the Army Corp's ongoing environmental review, scheduled for September of 2022, could reignite litigation.
North Dakota has previously filed briefs as a supporter of Dakota Access in the years-long court dispute, but the state's request to intervene as a defendant marks an escalation of its involvement in the case.
Allard was known as a wellspring of the tribe's history with an unyielding commitment to protecting it. In the summer of 2016, she donated her family's land at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers to be the site of the Sacred Stone Camp, the first opposition encampment of Dakota Access protests.
In a much-anticipated federal court hearing on Friday, April 9, attorneys from the Department of Justice and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they have not made up their minds on what to do about the embattled North Dakota pipeline, likely leaving its fate in the hands of a federal judge.
BULLHEAD, S.D. — A punishing winter piled up snow on Ron Brownotter’s pastures so high that half of his cattle starved because they couldn’t graze the frigid, windswept prairie surrounding the Grand River.