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DAPL wants review from Supreme Court
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owners of the Dakota Access pipeline said they want the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court opinions confirming that the project deserves a thorough environmental review and is currently operating without a key federal permit.
A Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals panel earlier this year supported the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and other tribes on those two issues. That has left open the possibility that the pipeline will be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts the environmental study.
Texas-based Energy Transfer, which operates the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile pipeline, said in a filing to the circuit court that it hopes the Supreme Court will take up one or both of the questions on the environmental review and federal permit for an easement.
Standing Rock fears pollution from the pipeline.
“The courts have ordered a full environmental review of the pipeline’s risks and potential impacts on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, nothing more,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents Standing Rock. “Energy Transfer’s increasingly desperate opposition to carrying out such a review tells us everything we need to know.”
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Interior announces additions
Heidi Todacheene, Navajo, and Lawrence (Larry) Roberts, Oneida, are joining Deb Haaland’s Interior Department.
Todacheene served as Legislative Counsel for then Rep. Haaland in the past and was named Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs senior advisor. Roberts served as Indian Affairs acting assistant secretary during the Obama administration.
Todacheene and Roberts were two of six announcements on Friday.
More than 50 percent of Interior staff are people of color and 75 percent are women, according to the Interior.
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‘Rutherford Falls’ is available to watch on Peacock TV
Have you watched the show Indian Country is talking about?
“Rutherford Falls” was recently released on Peacock TV and all 10 episodes of the first season are available to watch right now.
ICT's Vincent Schilling reviewed the show, which stars Indigenous actors Jana Schmieding and Michael Greyeyes.
“Rutherford Falls” has one of the largest Native writer’s rooms in television history, including Executive ProducerSierra Teller Ornelas.
To read Schilling's review and for how to watch the show, click here.
Governor sues for Mount Rushmore fireworks
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sued the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday in an effort to see fireworks shot over Mount Rushmore National Monument on Independence Day.
The Republican governor successfully pushed last year for a return of the pyrotechnic display after a decadelong hiatus. The event drew national attention when former President Donald Trump joined Noem on July 3 to give a fiery speech. But the state's application to hold fireworks this year was denied by the National Park Service, which cited safety concerns and objections from local Native American tribes.
Mount Rushmore is a huge tourism draw for the state, but it has also been a source of tension between the state and local Lakota tribes. Local activists have called for the monument to be returned to tribal control, pointing out the surrounding Black Hills were taken from the tribes in violation of treaties.
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- Sugarbush brings healing, sweet maple syrup: Gathering fresh sap and cooking it into syrup or sugar helps Ojibwe families tap into the health benefits of subsistence foods.
- Verdict leaves questions surrounding Alaska helicopter crash: A verdict allows family members to deal with the financial affairs of someone missing without physical proof of death.
- PolyMet mine project goes ‘boom’: Minnesota Supreme Court reverses Polymet mining permit for further review.
- Pueblo, Indian Health Service reach hospital agreement: The Indian Health Service reached an agreement with Acoma Pueblo to keep the hospital open.
- Back in action: RES 2021, UNITY set to return: One of the largest business events in Indian Country and a national youth gathering gear up for July events.