A federal judge’s decision Friday dashed the hopes of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people assembled to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Then the Obama Administration unexpectedly halted work in order to address :important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations.” Administration officials went further to say there needs to be a better process “with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects.” Did the movement to stop the pipeline bring, not just a victory for Standing Rock, but open to the door to long-awaited reforms for Indian Country policy? Or does this new position only last for the final months of the Obama presidency?
Rhonda LeValdo (Acoma Pueblo) – journalist and faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University
Jon Eagle Sr. (Hunkpapa Lakota) – tribal historic preservation officer for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Matt Campbell (Native Village of Gambell) – staff attorney for the Native America Rights Fund
Break Music: Sila (feat. Tanya Tagaq) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) We Are the Halluci Nation (album)