The Army Corps of Engineers wrote to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Dakota Access company to say that it would engage in further talks with the tribe before work on the pipeline could go forward.
Issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies weave through many of the interactions between the federal government and Native peoples in the U.S. and define and describe the flawed relationship between the U.S. and Indian nations. Tribal leaders who have come to the prayer camps to pledge the support of their tribes to the Standing Rock Sioux recount their own examples of land takings, water pollution and deprivation. Here are some current and recent issues from across Indian Country.
Update: Good News for Indian Tribes in Maine.
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that applies federal Water Quality Standards to waters in Maine, including those within Indian Country. The standards specifically apply human health criteria to waters used for the exercise of sustenance fishing under the 1982 Maine Implementing Act, and six additional standards for waters in Indian lands in Maine.
The beginning is knowing -- really knowing -- and acknowledging the history we share as Indians and non-Indians on this continent. Useful action flows from that place of recognition of how we stand with each other. Here are three sets of recommendations for your next steps.
A detailed list of selected bills on Native American affairs that have been considered in the House or the Senate in the 114th Congress. The list is updated each month to show new bills and new actions.
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