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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ELR Citation: 46 ELR 20168
Nos. 16-1534, (D.D.C., 10/19/2016) (Boasberg, J.)

A district court held that a Native American tribe may file its own complaint as an intervenor in another tribe's challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. The court agreed with the petitioning tribe that it is not necessary at this stage to proceed on only a single complaint. But the court issued its ruling reluctantly, noting that should the issues and parties to this litigation grow more complicated in the future, it may find it necessary to revisit this question for the sake of judicial efficiency.