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“Tribes Sue Interior for Approving Keystone XL Pipeline Route”

“Tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Interior Department Tuesday for clearing a path for the Keystone XL pipeline across their ancestral lands, ignoring the tribes’ jurisdiction.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana are in the proposed path of the pipeline. TransCanada, also known as TC Energy Corp., has yet to obtain Rosebud’s consent to build the pipeline across its territory, as required by an 1868 treaty, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

The Bureau of Land Management “has also not fully analyzed the impact the Pipeline will have on the Tribes’ territories, and in particular the Tribes’ water resources and lands held in trust,” the complaint said.”

Sylvia Carignan reports for Bloomberg Environment November 18, 2020.