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Powerful images from the #NativeNationsRise protests happening in Washington, DC

Hundreds of people sit in silent protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline outside the offices of the Army Corps of Engineers Powerful images from the #NativeNationsRise protests happening in Washington, DC
Preston Stone | 11 March, 2017, 00:14

Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault II took the occasion to call on Roman Catholic Pope Francis to revoke ancient church documents that led to the "Doctrine of Discovery", used to claim domination on discovered lands and still referenced in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving Native Americans.

Compared to the largely white, upper-income residential populations of North Bismarck, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe remains the poorest community in the state, with unemployment rates that have hovered between 40 and 80 percent.

Energy Transfer Partners is responsible for carrying out the construction of pipeline and they have confirmed that the process of drilling had been going on for over a week under the Lake Oahe and by the next week, the company expects that oil could start flowing too.

Hasselman said he hopes Judge Boasberg will schedule a hearing on the broader issues in April and issue a decision soon after.

The final, disputed section of the pipeline would pass under a reservoir which provides water to tribal reservations.

The four-state Dakota Access pipeline is built entirely underground and is created to transport crude oil more than 1,000 miles from the Bakken production area in North Dakota to an existing distribution center in southern IL.

A federal judge declined earlier this week to temporarily halt the construction.

The Board of Supervisors will debate later this month whether the city should consider a financial institution's connections to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project when it is making investment decisions.

Work under Lake Oahe had been held up in the courts until Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance construction.

Oil already is in parts of the line leading up to the lake. The tribe argued that the mere existence of the pipeline at Lake Oahe would "desecrate those waters upon which the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members rely for their most important religious practices". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an opponent of the oil pipeline project, to discuss issues facing native peoples. A march from the mall to the White House and a demonstration across the street in Lafayette Park is planned for Friday, organizers for the group Native Nations Rise said.

Starting Tuesday, tribal members and supporters plan to camp each day on the National Mall, with teepees, a ceremonial fire, cultural workshops and speakers.

Native American activists, writers and filmmakers involved in the Standing Rock Water Protectors protest in South Dakota will speak at the Sun Valley Film Festival.

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