Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

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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.

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The All Nations Veteran Cemetery has been open in the Standing Rock Reservation for several months.

The land offers burial sites for any veteran and offers native veterans a tribute to their cultural legacies. It will offer ceremonies and traditions that the federal government tried to ban for generations.

The All Nations Veterans Cemetery near McLaughlin offers a final resting place filled with ritual and symbols. At the entrance, visitors pass under three logs set up as a tripod. The image – a huge tipi on the windswept prairie.

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.

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.

Jodi Archambault Gillette, former special assistant to President Barrack Obama for Native American Affairs, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Black Hills State University on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. during commencement ceremonies.

Gillette will also present a special lecture Friday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at BHSU. She joins Dakota Midday for a conversation about her lifelong advocacy for families and children, how the traditions of her youth continue to impact her work, and the importance of increasing visibility of Native American issues at the highest level of government.

Victoria Wicks

The water resource director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the Keystone XL pipeline project potentially threatens water supplies for his reservation. Doug Crow Ghost testified before the Public Utilities Committee Tuesday in Pierre. The PUC hearing started a week ago and continues this week.

Victoria Wicks

An economist from Oregon said Monday that the U.S. State Department’s socio-economic study of the Keystone XL pipeline is seriously flawed. The report was not generated by TransCanada but is included as an exhibit for PUC commissioners’ consideration. Kevin Cahill testified for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the ongoing Public Utilities Commission hearing, held to determine if TransCanada can meet the 50 conditions imposed on a 2010 permit.

For a thorough look at the Keystone projects and their effects on South Dakota economy, go to the following links to find past SDPB coverage.

Victoria Wicks

Tribal rights have been a touchy subject at the Public Utility Commission’s Keystone XL hearing in Pierre. A pre-hearing order issued by the commission excludes aboriginal title arguments, but not discussion of treaty rights, a distinction attorneys don’t agree on. The pipeline, if built, crosses the western half of South Dakota, over territory set aside for the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation by the Fort Laramie Treaties, and although most of that land is now out of trust, certain laws still apply.

Victoria Wicks

At the Keystone XL hearing in Pierre this week, Tuesday afternoon was filled with arguments among attorneys over whether certain testimony should be included. A witness for TransCanada was asked about shippers’ contracts, and rather than have those questions answered, TransCanada withdrew the testimony.

Victoria Wicks

Parties in the Keystone XL pipeline hearings in Pierre made opening statements Monday afternoon. Both opponents and proponents outlined what case they’ll try to make during the seven-day hearing, held before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks is in Pierre covering the hearing held to determine if TransCanada can still meet the conditions set when the PUC gave the company its 2010 permit to build.