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Pipeline decision marks victory in tribal effort to protect sacred sites 7.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision earlier this week to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River signals Indian tribes' greater voice in off-reservation infrastructure projects.
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Winter Storm Brings Disorder To Standing Rock Celebration 7.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FORT YATES, North Dakota — A blizzard and freezing temperatures created disorder this week for protesters intent on celebrating their partial victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Many roads were closed due to dangerous driving conditions and some protesters were stranded along streets in cars. Volunteers searched tents, teepees and makeshift lodgings in the main resistance camp to make sure no one was snowbound. “The weather conditions are real. You could die,” said John Shirley, a veteran from Anchorage, Alaska, who’s been at the protests for a week. “The wind is the big thing. It feels like there are needles going through you.” Months of uncertainty turned to joy on Sunday at the main protesters’ encampment when the Department of the Army announced it would not issue a permit to complete construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe while it undertakes a time-consuming environmental study.  But a winter storm of heavy snowfall and strong winds nearly brought the area to a standstill ...
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Commentary: At Standing Rock, God heard our cries for justice 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
On the second Sunday of Advent, I was part of a historic celebration of the power of nonviolent resistance. Here at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, thousands of voices cried out in America’s wilderness. Sunday was a beautiful reminder in the long struggle for justice that no matter how long we wait, God hears our cry. And love and justice will win. A few weeks ago, Chief Arvol Looking Horse issued an invitation to clergy and faith leaders to stand in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock....
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Something Extraordinary Happened At Standing Rock A Few Hours Before Victory 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On the same day hundreds of interfaith clergy and lay activists gathered near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to pray for the earth, federal authorities announced they were  blocking the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline . It was a fortuitous twist of fate for a movement that, from its beginnings, has been fueled by prayer .  On Sunday, the US Army Corps of Engineers rejected an application that would have allowed the proposed 1,172-mile pipeline to tunnel underneath North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. Native American activists and their allies have for months argued that the pipeline threatened the water source for the nearby Standing Rock Sioux reservation and would damage sacred land. Days before the Army’s announcement, Native American spiritual leader  Chief Arvol Looking Horse , Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe,  issued a call  for people of faith to visit Standing Rock on December 4 to pray and stand with the protestors, who also call themselves “water protectors.”  An ...
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Stocks slip as oil prices and energy companies decline 6.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in energy companies as the price of crude oil turns lower.

Several of the biggest decliners in the Standard & Poor's 500 index in early trading Tuesday were energy companies.

Devon Energy and rig operator Transocean each fell 3%.

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What's next for the Dakota Access pipeline 6.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The controversial Dakota Access pipeline is in limbo after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday declined to approve a permit that the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, needs in order to finish construction along the planned route.

Here’s a look at what might be next for the pipeline:

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A look at what might be next for the Dakota Access pipeline 6.12.2016 LA Times: Nation

The controversial Dakota Access pipeline is in limbo after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday declined to approve a permit that the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, needs in order to finish construction along the planned route.

Here’s a look at what might be next for the pipeline:

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Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied? 6.12.2016 Yahoo: US National
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Army's refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and ...
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Oil industry urges Trump to approve Dakota Access pipeline 6.12.2016 AP Politics
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a priority when he takes office next month, but a spokesman for Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming president might act....
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The Fight Against The Tampon Tax Gets New Life In California 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A California lawmaker is attempting again to repeal the state’s sales tax on menstrual products after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a similar bill earlier this year.  Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D) on Monday introduced two bills that would ease the financial burden placed on women. The first, AB 9, would make tampons, pads and similar products exempt from sales tax. The second measure, AB 10, would make those products available for free in public and private schools, including colleges, and shelters.   Garcia argued that the bills would create greater equity in the tax code and expand access to a basic necessity for lower-income women.  “Every month, for 40 years of our lives, we are still being taxed for being born women. Every month of our adult life we are taxed for our biology. Every month we are told our periods are a luxury, while also being told they are something to be ashamed and we must hide,” Garcia said in a statement. “It’s not enough to make these products more affordable, we have to make ...
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Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Monday, Native Americans conducted a forgiveness ceremony with U.S. veterans at the Standing Rock casino, giving the veterans an opportunity to atone for military actions conducted against Natives throughout history. In celebration of Standing Rock protesters’ victory Sunday  in halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Leonard Crow Dog formally forgave Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO, Wesley Clark Sr. Salon published Clark’s apology to the Natives , which read as follows: Many of us, me particularly, are from the units that have hurt you over the many years. We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faced of our presidents onto your sacred mountain. When we took still more land and then we took your children and then we tried to make your language and we tried to eliminate your language that God gave you, and the Creator gave you. We didn’t ...
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Trump's Advisers Want to Privatize Native Lands for Big Energy: Reuters 6.12.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

President-elect Donald Trump's advisers are aiming to privatize Native American reservations that contain about a fifth of the nation's oil and gas, Reuters reports.

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Winter menaces N. Dakota camp as pipeline protesters dig in 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But as they defy government orders to abandon the camp and vow to stay put even […]
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Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied? 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers’ refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but several other options already have been considered and rejected as being more risky and expensive. Some questions and answers about the […]
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The Numbers That Tell the Story of This Standing Rock Victory 6.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn

The federal government on Sunday denied the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access pipeline’s route under the Missouri River.

The announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers came as veterans streamed into the camps over the weekend in cars and buses to offer their support to the tribe in its months-long battle. The veterans event had raised more than $1 million dollars in response to violent assaults on the demonstrators by law enforcement. The veterans said they would shield the demonstrators.

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Standing Rock Leader Asks Those Who Are Not Sioux To Leave Pipeline Protest Area 6.12.2016 NPR Health Science
A day after the Army Corps of Engineers blocked the proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribal leader said the "nothing will happen" until the Trump administration begins.
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Trump not saying what he'll do about Dakota Access pipeline 6.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a "top priority" when he takes office next month.
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The Latest: Tribal leader: Pipeline opponents should go home 6.12.2016 Yahoo: US National

The Latest: Tribal leader: Pipeline opponents should go homeCANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protest against the construction of the final section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. (all times local):


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With Air of Caution, Water Protectors Celebrate Victory Over 'Big Black Snake' 5.12.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The Obama administration's rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is being widely hailed as a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and Indigenous people throughout North America, as well as a testament to the power of people, who united to overcome "one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the world."

But the fight is clearly not over.

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The Meaning of Standing Rock 5.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today was supposed to be the deadline for thousands of protesters encamped to prevent completion of the Dakota Access pipeline across Lake Oahe on the Missouri River to evacuate their camp-sites. Instead it has become a moment of celebration, as the Army Corps of Engineers and the Obama Administration have concluded that a new Environmental Impact Statement is needed to determine the best route across the Missouri River.  But the incoming Trump Administration is likely to reverse the decision, with uncertain legal results for the environmental assessment process. The resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux nation and its allies to the proposed Dakota Access pipeline routing signaled a new stage in evolving community resistance to fossil fuel extraction and transportation - but also reveals some ugly fissures within America as we enter a four year, almost certainly traumatic presidency.   Standing Rock has been the largest, and one of the longest, Native American resistance protests in modern America. It ...
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