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NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be in federal court on Tuesday seeking to prevent Dakota Access Pipeline from further destroying sacred sites after the tribe says workers deliberately bulldozed burial grounds identified in court records. Jan Hasselman, the tribe's attorney, says an emergency motion filed Sunday for a temporary restraining order seeks to "get everybody to stand down" until a federal judge in Washington, D.C., rules on the tribe's request for an injunction.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D.—The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it surveyed a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline route this week and discovered multiple graves and other significant historical sites not previously identified. Court documents filed Friday include statements from Tim Mentz, former tribal historic preservation officer, who surveyed about 2 miles of the pipeline corridor this week after receiving an invitation from the landowner.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for the Dakota Access Pipeline have asked state regulators to keep the exact location of the pipeline confidential due to safety concerns. The company is requesting that the North Dakota Public Service Commission issue an order that restricts access to geographic information system (GIS) data "for the safety of Dakota Access representatives and the public."
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Construction has resumed on a pipeline that will cross a water body over the objections of a North Dakota Native American tribe. No, it's not the Dakota Access Pipeline. This project involves Paradigm Energy Partners, a company that is installing two pipelines under Lake Sakakawea that will be owned by Sacagawea Pipeline Co.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Dakota Access Pipeline opponents prepared Thursday to continue camping near the Missouri and Cannonball rivers while legal groups said they're looking for new ways to challenge the pipeline. Honor The Earth, an environmental rights group that opposed Enbridge's Sandpiper Pipeline in Minnesota, is now focusing efforts on the Dakota Access Pipeline and looking for potential legal challenges to file, said Tara Houska, national campaigns director.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — The confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers is considered so sacred to tribal communities that enemy tribes once camped within view of each other but remained peaceful because of their reverence for the water and the land. That's how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe describes the area where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River.
BISMARCK — Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon will represent the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who have been sued by Dakota Access LLC for protesting the pipeline construction. Chairman Dave Archambault II and council member Dana Yellow Fat are among several defendants named in a civil case filed last week in federal court in Bismarck by Dakota Access. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants are interfering with pipeline construction north of the reservation.
ALEXANDER, N.D. — Abandoned campers from across the Bakken line up end to end in a McKenzie County salvage yard. The RVs, some burned or damaged and others with kitchen supplies still in the cupboards, were once in demand for oil boom workers who needed housing. But as oil activity slowed and many workers left the area, the discarded campers wind up at TJ's Salvage along U.S. Highway 85. "We're still getting lots of campers and it's gradually getting worse," said owner Tom Novak.
BISMARCK — An early proposal for the Dakota Access Pipeline called for the project to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, but one reason that route was rejected was its potential threat to Bismarck's water supply, documents show. Now a growing number of protesters are objecting to the oil pipeline's Missouri River crossing a half-mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which they argue could threaten the water supply for the tribe and other communities downstream.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—The 4 Bears Casino & Lodge will debut its $47 million concert venue on Friday with a Toby Keith concert, the first national act to perform in the newly renovated facility. "It's a lot more luxurious," said general manager Patrick Packineau. "We want people to come out and experience a first-class venue close to home." The new 85,000-square-foot event center in New Town has the amenities to attract arena-caliber acts while providing fans a more intimate concert setting, Packineau said.