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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Notable events in the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline.


Dec. 2014 – Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois. The pipeline is projected to cost $3.8 billion and carry half a million barrels of oil daily. The proposed route skirts the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s reservation and crosses under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota that serves as the tribe’s drinking water source.

The Dakota Access pipeline developer said it has placed oil in the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota and that it’s preparing to put the line into service.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement Monday in a brief court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The announcement marks a significant development in the long battle over the project that will move North Dakota oil 2000 miles (1930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The pipeline is three months behind schedule due to large protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes who say it threatens their water supply and cultural sites.

ETP spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to The Associated Press that the line will deliver oil to Patoka, Illinois, within a few weeks.

VERNON, Vt. (AP) – An Abenaki tribe can participate in regulatory hearings for the proposed sale of a shuttered nuclear power plant.

Vermont Public Radio reports Vermont’s utility-regulating Public Service Board ruled last week that the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe can partake in Certificate of Public Good hearings for the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – American Indian tribes fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that the pumping of oil into the pipe under their water source is a blow, but it doesn’t end their legal battle. Industry groups say the imminent flow of oil through the pipeline is good news for energy and infrastructure.

The comments come after Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners said Monday that it has placed oil in a section of the pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir that’s upstream from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. It was the final piece of construction for a pipeline that will carry crude from western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields 1,200 miles (1930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point near Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline should be fully operational in about three weeks, according to company spokeswoman Vicki Granado.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Oil has been pumped into a controversial section of the Dakota Access pipeline after months of delays caused by protests and Native American tribes’ efforts to stop the project.

The 1,200-mile pipeline is now capable of moving half of the oil produced in North Dakota to a distribution point in Illinois. The line is expected to be fully operational in about three weeks.

Here’s a look at how the saga has affected the major players.

CONESTOGA, Pa. (AP) – Pipeline opponents in southeastern Pennsylvania are temporarily disbanding their protest encampment.

LNP newspapers reports that protesters are discontinuing their round-the-clock encampment at a farm in Lancaster County because work on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline likely won’t start until summer.

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) – Nestled on the Coteau des Prairies on the outskirts of Sisseton stands a radio tower that was once adorned with a lone eagle feather, placed on top of the tower to symbolize good fortune.

The eagle feather was one of five left to Tom Wilson by his elders. Wilson gave the other four to people close to him throughout the years, but he held onto the last one, knowing it was meant to go somewhere special. He realized that place was atop the tower that would give life to the first community radio station on the Lake Traverse Reservation.

In June 2011, KXSW 89.9 FM went on air for the first time with Wilson as the main DJ and manager.

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) – The Ak-Chin Indian Community has filed a lawsuit against Central Arizona Water Conservation District over water rights.

The tribe is asking a federal court to ensure delivery of water critical to sustaining tribal farming operations on the 23,000-acre reservation in Pinal County near the city of Maricopa.

Anadarko resident Thomasina Rose Goodeagle was crowned the 2017 Denver March Powwow Princess on Sunday, March 26 at the annual Denver March Powwow. She represents the Osage Nation, Pawnee Nation, Quapaw Tribe, Sac & Fox Tribe of Kansas and the Oceanman First Nations of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Goodeagle is the 15 year old daughter to Thomas Goodeagle and the late Yvette Goodeagle. Her paternal grandparents are Dolores Goodeagle of Pawhuska and Donald Goodeagle of Walters. Her great grandmother is the late Mary Osage Green (full blood Osage). Her maternal grandmother is Della Ewack of Oceanman First Nations Saskatchewan, Canada. Her great grandparents are the late Rose and Joe Ewack.

Goodeagle is an 8th grade student at Riverside Indian School and is active in sports.

Every year the Denver March Powwow selects a young lady to be their ambassador, one who will make special appearances and travel all over Indian country to represent the Denver March Powwow.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Seneca Indian Nation will stop sharing its casino revenue with New York state at the end of the month after turning over $1.4 billion over the last 14 years, the western New York tribe said Thursday.

President Todd Gates told reporters that the nation is willing to make payments to the three cities where its casinos are located in exchange for services, but that its financial obligation to the state as outlined in a 2002 compact has ended.

“This is not new,” Gates said. “The language of the compact has not changed. We’re following the language of the compact as we always have.”