There are a lot of moving parts on the legal side of the NoDAPL fight. This latest is in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 16-cv-01534, which was started in July. Those initial materials are here. Most recently in that case, the intervenor-plaintiff tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order. Yesterday there was a hearing on the motion and the judge ruled from the bench:
MINUTE ORDER: As discussed at today’s status hearing, the Court ORDERS that: 1) CRST’s 99 TRO Application is DENIED; 2) Dakota Access shall provide an update on February 21, 2017, and every Monday thereafter as to the likely date that oil will begin to flow beneath Lake Oahe; 3) The Court will hold a hearing on CRST’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction on February 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.; 3) Oppositions to such Motion shall be due by February 21, 2017, with any Reply due by February 24, 2017; 4) SRST’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment shall be filed by February 14, 2017, with Oppositions due by March 7, 2017, and any Reply due by March 21, 2017; 5) The Government may have a two-week extension to oppose Dakota Access’s Motion for Protective Order; and 6) Defendants may have a 30-day extension to respond to the Tribes’ Motions to Amend Complaint. Signed by Judge James E. Boasberg on 2/13/2017. (lcjeb3) (Entered: 02/13/2017)
The motion for a preliminary injunction the judge references is here.
As we posted yesterday, Oglala Sioux has also filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps (Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 17-cv-00267), which has been assigned to the same judge.