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Published: Sun, October 02, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pipeline developer buys ranch near North Dakota protest camp


Native tribes in Canada, known as First Nations, are targeting TransCanada, the company behind three pipelines meant to cross the country.

The three agencies announced on September 9 their intention to hold these meetings after issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations regarding Dakota Access and other infrastructure-related decision-making.

"I can tell you with great certainty that in the event there's an escalation of aggression on the part of the state or (U.S.) federal government, there will certainly be a response on the Canadian side from indigenous peoples", Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs said in a phone interview from Vancouver.

Nearly 1,300 archeologists, museum directors and historians have signed a letter to the Obama administration protesting the destruction of Native American burial grounds by the builders of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP).

Protests against the pipeline have picked up momentum in recent months because of the objections of the Standing Rock Sioux, who say it would disturb ancient tribal lands and threaten their water supplies.

A panel chaired by Gov. Jack Dalrymple voted Wednesday, Sept. 21, to borrow up to $6 million from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota to support policing efforts related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, but not before members blasted the federal government for not providing more support.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has taken its case to the United Nations, addressing the human rights commission in Geneva on Tuesday.

Robert Ironshield Jr is blessed by Kumai Yaqui Chicana during a rally to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in Boulder, Colorado.

The UN's Victoria Tauli-Corpuz says the pipeline "poses a significant risk to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe". They agreed with Archambault that the Sioux' concerns were ignored for the most part by USACE and state officials in a permitting process that authorized a unit of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners to begin construction earlier this year. Energy Transfer Partners confirmed the purchase Friday but declined to provide further details. "If constructed, this pipeline will continue to encourage oil consumption that causes climate change, all the while harming those populations who contributed little to this crisis".

"We stand here to put up a fight and not have this in Iowa", Davenport said.

The federal government has since stepped in to halt the pipeline construction on federal land near Lake Oahe. The Army Corps of Engineers said it did not oppose the suspension.

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