After a year of protests and controversy, oil began flowing through the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline earlier this month. But the pipeline’s ultimate fate is now uncertain after a federal judge issued a ruling that challenges parts of the environmental review completed before the pipeline was permitted.
A quest for dwindling resources at Standing Rock, and beyond
Paramilitary security tracked and targeted #noDAPL activists, docs show
As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents.
Meet the people in the path of a massive pipeline expansion
We traveled along the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route to learn more about where various communities stand on the project, and how they see it affecting their lives.
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The promised land
Just in time for the country’s sesquicentennial, the Trans Mountain oil pipeline project is forcing Canadian officials to decide how far they’re willing to go to honor First Nations’ rights.
Tribal struggles beyond Standing Rock
Our video series examines the ways tribes in North America have dealt with mounting pressures from governments and corporations that take over their land for mega-projects such as dams, freeways and oil pipelines.
Standing Rock and beyond
On Reveal, we team up with Inside Energy to go behind the scenes at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and meet the young people who started the oil pipeline protests.
Fuel’s rush in: US oil companies hurry to lay pipelines under Trump
A high-stakes battle is underway on multiple front lines across America, as Native American and climate change activists square off against oil and pipeline companies racing to lay as much infrastructure into the ground as quickly as possible.
Betting on Oil, Paying with Land
Fort McKay First Nation, a reservation in northern Canada, is home to nearly 400 Cree, Dene and other indigenous people. In the 1950s and ‘60s, petroleum operations started to surround the community, extracting oil from the nearby tar sands.
Plowing Through Sacred Sites
In the middle of the night in fall 2013, California Department of Transportation workers dug into the earth to construct a new highway bypass in Willits. According to federal law, the local Pomo people had a right to send tribal monitors there, but they allegedly were barred from the nighttime construction.
Is nothing sacred? How archaeological reviews imperil tribal lands
Regulations under the National Historic Preservation Act are tribes’ best legal tools to protect the cultural sites that bind them to their ancestral