Dakota Access Controversy: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Policy Review of Federal Government's
Tribal Consultation Obligations, and Why This Matters to Us
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project has become the focal point for Native American complaints concerning the manner in which federal agencies comply with their responsibilities to engage in tribal consultation on projects in and around Indian country requiring federal approvals, permits, or licenses. The rejection by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia of an application for preliminary injunction of DAPL construction appears to demonstrate, however, that the federal agency at the heart of the DAPL controversy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), engaged in efforts to consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, only to be ignored or rebuffed on multiple occasions. Continue Reading