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BISMARCK — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK — The special prosecutor who tried unsuccessfully to charge "Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman with rioting for her role in a Dakota Access Pipeline protest said Thursday, Oct. 20, he wouldn't respond to a Washington Post blogger's column saying he's unfit for office and should be sanctioned. But McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson continued to challenge the notion that Goodman was acting as a journalist when she was present for a Sept. 3 clash between pipeline protesters and private security guards at a construction site in southern Morton County.
BISMARCK — The Democratic-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor is criticizing her Republican counterpart for declining to participate in a debate before the Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford, who is running with Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla on the Dem-NPL ticket, said both she and Libertarian Party candidate Marty Riske's running mate, Joshua Voytek of Fargo, accepted an invitation to participate in an Oct. 18 debate at the University of Mary in Bismarck.
MANDAN, N.D. — Actress Shailene Woodley has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanors for her role in an Oct. 10 protest at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in southcentral North Dakota. Woodley was scheduled for an initial appearance Oct. 24 in Morton County District Court on Class B misdemeanor charges of engaging in a riot and criminal trespass. But her attorney, Alexander Reichert, pleaded not guilty on her behalf Tuesday, Oct. 18, and her Oct. 24 personal appearance has been waived, court records show.
BISMARCK —The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to set aside tribally owned land for Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to relocate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land in southern Morton County, but Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II stopped short of saying the tribe is moving the existing camp. "We're trying to work with everybody in the area and we're trying to build consensus, and we're trying to do the best we can to accommodate safety," he said Wednesday, Oct. 19.
MANDAN, N.D. – A judge refused to sign a criminal complaint against journalist Amy Goodman, finding a lack of probable cause to charge her with rioting, her attorney said Monday,...
BISMARCK — In New York, more than 150 people assembled in a flash mob at a Syracuse shopping mall. In Nevada, a pickup truck plowed through a crowd of mostly American Indian demonstrators in downtown Reno. And in North Dakota, Minnesota and two other states, activists face charges of tampering with valves on five pipelines carrying Canadian crude oil into the United States, leading to several arrests.
BISMARCK — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says talks continue about relocating the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp from federally owned land to tribally owned land near Cannon Ball, N.D., but one camp spokesman says many plan to stay put.
"People can judge for themselves how much authority Chairman Archambault has over the situation,” Dalrymple said Wednesday through spokesman Jeff Zent. “What’s important is that we are all trying to promote peaceful protest at all times.”
BISMARCK — The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline said Tuesday, Oct. 11, it looks forward to a "prompt resumption" of construction near Lake Oahe and hopes the federal government will assist local law enforcement officials dealing with protests of the pipeline.