North Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted, But Fight For Native Rights Continues

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Flags of Native American tribes from across the U.S. and Canada line the entrance to a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters have gather to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Sept. 3, 2016. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday, the federal government halted construction on a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois, after months of protests by native tribes who say the pipeline is a violation of their tribal rights and will poison their waterways.

But earlier that same day, a federal judge decided that construction on the pipeline could continue.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with tribal leaders Andrew Iron Shell and his son Terrell about the impact of last week’s decisions.


Andrew Iron Shell, community engagement coordinator for Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation.

Terrell Iron Shell, member of the International Indigenous Youth Council.

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