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DAPL Resistance: The Real Story

Katie Kieffer, Be wary of those who only destroy. Smoldering embers of emotional environmental extremists can re-emerge as a wildfire. The Trump administration last week extinguished Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protesters when they proved only willing to torch and trash the earth; culture; children and animals they claimed to be defending. Pounding drums and donning

Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline

Christine Rousselle, The Army Corps of Engineers will grant a permit to begin building the Dakota Access Pipeline, the controversial pipeline that saw months of protests with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota. Under the Obama administration, the Army Corps of Engineers was required to complete an environmental study prior to the pipeline

Dakota Access pipeline moves closer to completion

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final approval needed to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline project, U.S. Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said on Tuesday. However, opponents of the $3.8 billion project, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation is adjacent to the route, claimed that

Trump signs orders on pipeline projects, TransCanada says it will reapply for Keystone

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as a major builder said it will reapply to build one of the projects which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.  The president said the projects would be subject to

Lawmaker’s bill protects drivers who negligently hit someone obstructing traffic

A lawmaker in North Dakota sponsored a bill that would reportedly protect drivers who inadvertently hit pedestrians blocking traffic. The Star Tribune reported Monday that the legislation is a response to protests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and sponsored by state Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman. “If you stay off the roadway, this would never be

The Return of Civil Disobedience

Jelani Cobb, The sixties produced a conviction that “democracy is in the streets.” The Trump era may echo that. On December 6th, less than a month after the election, Vice-President Joe Biden, who was in New York to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, for his decades of public service, used the

Where does Elizabeth Warren stand? Liberal icon tangling with Dems, base

Barnini Chakraborty, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, hailed for years as the darling of the liberal left, lately has found herself at odds with her own party – and confounding followers with positions that have, at times, seemingly put her out of step with the base. The Massachusetts Democrat, known for championing progressive causes like Wall Street

Standing Rock protesters stay put despite victory, elements

Pipeline protesters in North Dakota are either too afraid their hard fought victory will slip away or are having too much of an experience to disperse, and it may take plunging temperatures and disease to dislodge them from their camp at Standing Rock. Drumming, sacred blessings and cries of joy have echoed from the assembled

Ryan blasts decision to block Dakota Access pipeline route

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny a government permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota “big government decision-making at its worst.” Ryan, R-Wis., tweeted out his displeasure hours after the decision was made. He added that he looks “forward to putting this

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday it turned down a permit for a controversial pipeline project running through North Dakota, in a victory for Native Americans and climate activists who have protested against the project for months. A celebration erupted at the main protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where the

Feds block controversial Dakota Access pipeline route

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites. North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision,