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Standing Ground At Standing Rock

Inside Energy is working on a documentary about the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy and tribal sovereignty issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux. Does the current system of tribal consultation work for tribes? Does it work for energy infrastructure projects? Stay tuned for a full treatment of these issues. In the meantime, here’s a short look at some of the concerns from both sides.

A section of the Dakota Access pipeline awaits construction.

What’s Next For Dakota Access?

On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. After months of protest and months of construction, parties with vested interests in the pipeline are wondering what’s next. For thousands of Native Americans and climate activists who have joined the Standing Rock Sioux’s protest against the pipeline, and are camped out in blizzard conditions, the question is — should they leave or should they stay? At the same time, the oil industry and legal experts are trying to make sense of the decision and what it means for the longterm project’s fate.

Lake Sakakawea lies at the heart of the Fort Berthold reservation.

While One Tribe Fights Oil, Another Cautiously Embraces It

While the Standing Rock Sioux fights the Dakota Access Pipeline, a different tribal nation 150 miles up the Missouri River has already welcomed oil development onto its land. But development comes with risks and a responsibility to protect the environment.

Police arrested more than a hundred protesters camped out along the Dakota Access pipeline route on October 27, 2016.

Police And Pipeline Protesters Clash In North Dakota

What started months ago as a dispute between a tribe and the federal government has escalated into clashes between protesters and police. More than 140 people were arrested Thursday during a tense standoff between police and Dakota Access pipeline protesters.