Will Standing Rock Be a Guide to Block Energy Development in Other States?

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Will Standing Rock Be a Guide to Block Energy Development in Other States?
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Protesters in North Dakota have made headlines for months with their prolonged opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The thousands of protesters include representatives from Native American tribes along with environmental activists who have joined the Standing Rock protest camp. It has been well documented that government officials and the pipeline company made extensive efforts to meet with tribal leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux, but those efforts were stymied by a lack of cooperation. The lack of meetings has now led to a political battle as the tribe claims they were not consulted.

Standing Rock

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Now a second controversy between a Native American tribe and a government agency wishing to discuss development options seems poised to begin, this time in New Mexico.

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