In North Dakota, hundreds of Standing Rock Sioux tribal members and their supporters have held a months long campaign to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which would skirt the reservation’s northern border. The tribe says the 1,200-mile pipeline will damage its water supply and endanger sacred sites.
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is building the conduit from western North Dakota to Illinois, and state officials say no sensitive cultural sites have been found on the route.
The North Dakota protesters face misdemeanor charges, including trespassing and engaging in a riot. President Obama called on the US Army Corp of Engineers to review the risks of submerging an oil pipeline under the Missouri River, which supplies drinking water for 18 million people. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has submitted documents to the court that certified one of their main claims in the case: that the pipeline will pass through and likely destroy Native burial sites and sacred places.