Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement Sunday that the tribe “is not backing down from this fight.”
On Monday morning, about 300 people protested at two construction sites. Woodley faces misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, which together carry a maximum punishment of two months in jail and $3,000 in fines, according to Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Keller. Woodley’s publicist didn’t immediately comment, according to AP.
The federal agencies also said they’re still reviewing whether there needs to be reforms in the way tribal views are considered for such projects, a processofficials said they hope to conclude soon.
Officials “look forward to a serious discussion during a series of consultations, starting with a listening session in Phoenix on Tuesday, on whether there should be nationwide reform on the tribal consultation process for these types of infrastructure projects,” the statement said.
There are multiple opposition groups in different areas of the pipeline, but the largest group is in southern North Dakota, where thousands of people have shown up to show their support. Almost 125 people have been arrested during protests in what is being called the largest gathering of native nations ever! People worldwide have held protests in support of the efforts of the Standing Rock Protectors.