Rosebud Says KXL Pipeline Crosses Tribal Land; DOJ Says It's Not The President's Problem

Mar 1, 2020

Documents on file with the Montana federal court include this map of the Rosebud Reservation boundaries and the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Credit Native American Rights Fund

In another round of briefings in Montana federal court, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe says the Keystone XL pipeline route crosses land where the tribe holds mineral and surface rights. And it says TC Energy's own maps show that encroachment. But the Department of Justice says the presidential permit doesn't apply to the pipeline as a whole, so any encroachment is the problem of state and local authorities. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports.