A federal judge has ordered a temporary restraining order to be extended through September 19th in the pipeline case against the Three Affiliated Tribes.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, are a Native American group comprising a union of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples, whose native lands ranged across the Missouri River basin in the Dakotas.
As a result of hardship, losses from infectious disease and forced relocations, these three peoples came together in the late 1800s.
Tom Gerhardt of MyNDNow said that means Paradigm Energy Partners can continue building a gas pipeline under Lake Sakakawea.
The Three Affiliated Tribes issued a cease and desist order for Paradigm Energy Partners to halt construction in early August.
Thursday, a federal judge listened to arguments from both sides. Friday, Judge Daniel Hoyland decided to put aside justice and the welfare of the tribal nation and he disrespected and rejected their rights -as the Federal Government has countless times in the past- by helping out the profits of the large company and agreed to extended the restraining order.
Tribal Chairman Mark Fox gave us this statement:
“I assert that the federal court’s actions have been unfair and detrimental to our tribal nation. In my opinion, an extended TRO that only restricts OUR side of the dispute is catering to the economy interests of oil industry.
It causes significant harm to the MHA nation by weakening our position, both economically and in our right to govern our land and water within the Ft Berthold Reservation!
Disregard of tribal sovereignty by the United States government, or its judicial system, continues to ignite anger and grave concern by tribal nations, most recently demonstrated in the SRST protest of oil industry intrusion! “
This is yet another case of the U.S. Federal Government rejecting the rights of Native Americans.
Hasn’t there been enough stealing from and disrespecting of Native Americans? When will the Federal Government choose the rights of people over the profits of corporations?
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(Article by Jeremiah Jones)
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