U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit

While the nation was wrapped up in vote counts and uncertainty, lawyers argued the fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Last Wednesday, Nov. 4, a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer argued against requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to complete an environmental study, even though the Corps has already started one.

A lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the pipeline no longer has a valid easement and should be shut down now.

Victoria Wicks has more on these virtual courtroom arguments for SDPB. Listen here:

SDPB News: Aug 6

Aug 6, 2020

How are schools in the state anticipating students coming back to classrooms... despite still working on plans to do so.

Plus, South Dakota is buzzing with rumors of Amazon coming to Sioux Falls, but Amazon has no comment.

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Cassi Alexander, NPR

Tribes and environmentalists are celebrating a federal ruling that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down by Aug. 5. That order came out of a District of Columbia federal court on Monday, July 6. In briefs, DAPL supporters laid out the economic hardships of shutting down almost 1,200 miles of pipe. But an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says protecting water outweighs profit. Victoria Wicks has this story for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Listen here:

Cassi Alexandra for NPR

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been ordered to complete a meaningful environmental impact study on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A federal judge in the D.C. district issued that order on Wednesday, March 25, and will consider whether to shut the pipeline down until the study is done.

A lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it's about time.

Listen to audio for the rest of the story.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Chynna Lockett

Sixteen year old Climate activist Greta Thunberg traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation over the weekend. She joined a young Native American activist who was involved in the 2016 protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline to talk climate change. 


In The Moment ... June 15, 2017 Show 115 Hour 1

Antonia Gonzales is anchor and producer for National Native News. This morning, she was the featured speaker at the Morning Fill Up at the Garage in Rapid City. She joins us from the SDPB studios in Rapid City for a conversation about coverage of tribal community issues throughout the nation.

To hear Antonia Gonzales' Morning Fill Up conversation at the Garage, click play below.

Standing Rock Hosts Film and Music Festival

May 31, 2017
Standing Rock Film Festival

Advocates are trying to preserve the environment through entertainment. Artists are coming together for the first Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival.

Officials created the festival to support the Water Protection Movement. The event focuses on the protestors, the younger generation and women and all their roles in the movement.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Weighs In On DAPL

Mar 6, 2017
Courtesy UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

A U.N. representative who focuses on Indigenous issues around the world spent two weeks in the U.S. visiting Native American tribes in the Southwest and on the Northern Plains. We spoke with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People about what she plans to file in her official report about her visit.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz travels the world from her home in the Philippines to investigate issues of concern for Indigenous peoples.

In partnership with Prairie Public Broadcasting, Dakota Midday brings you a conversation between Prairie Public's Doug Hamilton and Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. The two discuss the financial cost of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the role of law enforcement, and what happens next in relations between law enforcement and tribal leadership.

Doug Hamilton is the host of Main Street on Prairie Public Broadcasting in North Dakota.

Amy Sisk is a broadcast journalist, working for Inside Energy Now and Prairie Public Radio. She joins Dakota Midday with an update on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.