Native Americans rally against Dakota Pipeline

The tribes' court effort to stop the pipeline suffered a blow Wedensday when a federal judge refused to halt construction.

On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected a request by the Cheyenne River Indian tribe to halt the pipeline's construction on religious grounds.

The ruling is not the end of the court battle, as no final decision has been made on the merits of the tribes' claims that the pipeline threatens cultural sites, water and religion.

A few camp structures remain on private land on the reservation, while people who intend to remain actively opposed to Dakota Access and the KeystoneXL pipelines have been invited to a camp at Eagle Butte, S.D., on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

An oversized "Make America Great" hat - the iconic symbol from President Donald Trump's campaign - is pierced by an arrow during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the White House on Friday. It is being developed by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

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Despite the pipeline setbacks, Native American tribes and their supporters remain hopeful about the future.

On Friday, people marched to the White House.

Native American activists, writers and filmmakers involved in the Standing Rock Water Protectors protest in South Dakota will speak at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to write a comprehensive assessment of the impact the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and a potential spill under the Missouri River could have on North Dakota's poorest indigenous community.

The $3.8 billion pipeline would be the first to transport crude oil from Bakken shale, a vast oil formation in North Dakota, to refineries in the US Gulf Coast.

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Jan Hasselman, an attorney with Earthjustice representing Standing Rock, said "The Trump administration's issuance of the easement violates both of these legal requirements".

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has fought the project for years, and over the past several months they have created an encampment near the construction zone where clashes between protesters, security and police have at times become violent.

Members of the tribe and protesters sympathetic to them kicked off a four-day protest on Tuesday by setting up tepees on the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Protesters also erected a teepee outside Trump's hotel.

Protesters finally left in late February, but not before burning down teepees, abandoning vehicles and leaving behind almost 500 dumpsters worth of trash.

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