Federal Judge Throws Out Dakota Access, LLC Restraining Order Against Standing Rock Tribal Members

Bismarck, ND – Today, September 16th, North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland ruled to dissolve a Temporary Restraining Order which had previously been in place ordering Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault II, several other tribal members and unnamed individuals from “unlawfully interfering in any way” with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Lawyers with the National Lawyers Guild successfully argued to the court that

the restraining order was an unconstitutional prior restraint on fundamental First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly and free expression of religion, was not supported by competent evidence, and that Dakota Access does not have standing to prohibit water protectors from praying at and protecting ancestral sacred sites on public or private land.” – NLG

Clifton Verle Hollow, one of the people named by Dakota Access, LLC in the now-dissolved Temporary Restraining Order said,

I am pleased that the court has dropped its order preventing us from doing what we have traditionally done…I participated in these actions to protect my family’s right to hunt, fish, and swim in clean water. I want my kids to be proud that we stood up to protect our source of clean drinking water.” – Clifton Verle Hollow

Read Judge Hovland’s full ruling, as well as the National Lawyers Guild statement about the ruling, below:


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To see Unicorn Riot’s coverage of the Sacred Stone Camp and frontline anti-pipeline struggle, see below.

September 2016

For our coverage earlier this spring of the Sacred Stone Camp, see May 27th report, “Dakota Access Pipeline Blockade Enters 2nd Month“; May 5th, “Sacred Stone Camp Resists Dakota Access Pipeline“; April 3rd, “Tribal Citizens Build Camp in Path of Oil Pipeline“; March 29th, “Tribal Citizens Prepare to Blockade Bakken Oil Pipeline“.


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