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Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest
The Sacred Stones Overflow Camp is growing in size and number as more people arrive at the site along North Dakota Highway 1806 and across the Cannonball River from the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 in Morton County, N.D. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Tribe asks judge to side with feds in oil pipeline pause

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants a federal judge to recognize three federal agencies’ request for a developer to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment of the Dakota Access pipeline that the tribe says holds sacred sites and artifacts.

The tribe said in court documents filed Monday it wants U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to “formalize” the agencies’ requested work stoppage for 20 miles on both sides of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe in southern North Dakota.

Boasberg had denied the tribe’s attempt to halt the construction of the pipeline Friday minutes before the agencies made their request in a statement, which also said work would stop on Army Corps of Engineers’ land around and underneath Lake Oahe.

The company hasn’t signaled its position on the government’s request.

 

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