As many know, earlier this month, a federal judge denied a request by the Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to halt construction. A separate request in federal court by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to stop oil from flowing through the pipeline was denied last Tuesday. Today, we learn of another legal front. This is a breakdown of the article we found. We are still looking for documentation but here is what we have learned.
The Navajo Nation is among 34 federally recognized tribes that filed a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Feb. 7 decision by the Corps of Engineers to allow construction of the pipeline’s final segment.
According to sources in Farmington, New Mexico – “The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a Senate Joint Memorial that recognizes the support issued by 23 tribes for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.” Senators John Pinto, D-Gallup, and Benny Shendo Jr., D-Jemez Pueblo, sponsored the joint memorial.
The measure was approved a vote of 34-30 and now moves to the Senate for action.
A memorial does not have the force of law. Joint memorials are acted on by the House and Senate, according to the state Legislature website. We are still looking for any hearing dates or ways to support this “Senate Joint Memorial.”
As it stands today. oil will likely be flowing within the week. As always, when we learn more, we will update this article.
Original Story credits in part N.L. Smith