Fact Check: House Dem Letter on DAPL

Even as rhetoric and emotions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline swell, we have worked to ensure all  responses have been fact-based and straightforward.

Having said that, you may have wondered why the SRFC and MAIN Coalition didn’t have an immediate response to the Congressional letter sent to President Obama yesterday. Honestly, it was because it was so riddled with errors and misinformation that we wanted to make certain our facts were right.…

Fact Checking Claims of Federal Violations: Dakota Access Followed the Rule of Law

As the legal battle surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline takes center stage, protestors are lobbing a variety of federal violation allegations against the Pipeline.  But as Standing Rock Fact Checker has pointed out in the past – those claims are simply false.  The Pipeline followed a 2+ year approval and permitting process at the federal and state levels.…

MAIN Coalition Statement on the Moore Amendment

“It appears from our initial reading that Congresswoman Moore’s amendment deals with reviewing the regulatory process only, and should have no impact – whatsoever – on the Dakota Access Pipeline or any other currently sited or approved infrastructure project.  Should the Congress and Administration move forward with updating regulations, they must recognize a split in time that honors the regulatory processes in place when a project was reviewed and approved; and utilize any updated requirements on projects to come in the future, after the new regulations are formally in place.”

Fact Checking the White House Tribal Nations Conference

At this week’s White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington DC, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell addressed a crowd of more than one hundred Native American tribal leaders and youth leaders. She referred to the legal challenge by EarthJustice and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Dakota Access project’s tribal consultation process as well as the federal permit reconsideration and the protests in North Dakota. …

Seven North Dakota Archeologists Find No Evidence of Ancient Burial Grounds

According to a memo circulated last week by State Historical Society of North Dakota Chief Archaeologist Paul Picha, seven archeologists found no burial or culturally significant sites in the Dakota Access Pipeline construction corridor to date. This analysis, first reported by Say Anything blogger Rob Port, aligns with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ two-year review process conclusion: the project did not infringe on areas of cultural sensitivity.…

Administration’s tribal negotiations are for prospective projects, not Dakota Access

Recently, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Army announced a schedule for tribal consultations regarding consultations with Native American tribes on future infrastructure projects:

“Recent events have highlighted the need for a broader review and consultation as to how, prospectively, Federal decision-making on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful tribal input.

House Committee on Natural Resources Democrats hold forum, perpetuate misinformation

On Thursday, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Democrats held a forum on the Dakota Access Pipeline the ongoing protest by the Standing Rock Sioux and affiliated tribes. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) hosted the event and invited fellow Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) among others. Both lawmakers have been vocal opponents of the project.  …

Pre-Debate Statement from the MAIN Coalition

As Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump discuss their visions to support our nation’s economic prosperity, there will be one area that they both can agree: encouraging private infrastructure development.  There is no debate that our nation’s infrastructure needs updating; and there are American companies ready to employ American skilled labor to get the job done right. 

Sewer Runoff from Standing Rock Casino Potentially Impacting Lake Oahe Drinking Water

Drinking water is a serious concern for Dakota Access protestors—but what if they already have a bigger risk in their own backyard?

The map below shows the Prairie Knight Casino & Resort and the tributary system that eventually flows into Lake Oahe. It’s fair to speculate that the casino could currently be discharging their waste into the same water source the Dakota Access Pipeline is being criticized for crossing.…