Tribes May Have More Say In Projects After Dakota Pipeline

By Andrew Westney (September 12, 2016, 11:02 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration's recent construction freeze on part of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline and promise to rethink how Native American tribes are consulted may lead to tribes getting not only more opportunity to voice concerns but also the power to determine how, or even if, infrastructure projects affecting their rights are allowed to proceed.

On Friday, the government said it would put a hold on pipeline construction at a disputed site in North Dakota while it re-examines the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' permits for the project, moving quickly to counteract a federal judge's denial of an injunction to the...

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