Sioux in historic victory over oil firm, but the ‘war’ isn’t over
Ruling may be big shift in US stance on indigenous rights. But fight is still on over ‘big money and bad politics’
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard grins broadly as she contemplates the significance of the victory that she and other members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have just secured.
The tribe began a bitter battle against an oil company and the US federal government in 2016, when the Dakota Access pipeline was built on their doorstep, threatening their water supply. Four years on, a US court has ruled in favour of the tribe and ordered the pipeline to close within 30 days.
Allard is aware of just how momentous an occasion this is. It is not often that a Native American tribe with scant resources defeats a major oil company, not least one which has the backing of the US president...