Indigenous Rights of Standing Rock: Federal Courts and Beyond

ABA Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 43 No. 1 (2017)

4 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018

See all articles by Carla Fredericks

Carla Fredericks

University of Colorado Law School

Rebecca Adamson

First Peoples Worldwide

Nick Pelosi

First Peoples Worldwide

Jesse Heibel

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: July 1, 2017

Abstract

The controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is ubiquitous — galvanizing indigenous communities and allies across the globe to stand with Standing Rock. One positive outcome has been a historic, revitalized movement to protect indigenous and human rights in the face of ever-expanding exploitation in the fossil fuel industry. However, the fight against DAPL has been historic in more than just size and scope. As the case proceeds through the courts, the tribes have expanded the battlefield by going beyond domestic litigation and appealing directly to international human rights bodies and initiating broad corporate engagement. This multipronged approach to defending tribal rights has played a key role in not only sustaining the conversation, but also expanding the forums in which the conversation takes place while the federal courts’ action continues.

Keywords: Native American, Law, Indigenous, Energy, Fracking, Trafficking, Tribe, Tribal, Federal Indian Law, North Dakota, Undrip, UN, Shareholder, VAWA, DAPL, Pipelines, Shareholder

Suggested Citation

Fredericks, Carla and Adamson, Rebecca and Pelosi, Nick and Heibel, Jesse, Indigenous Rights of Standing Rock: Federal Courts and Beyond (July 1, 2017). ABA Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 43 No. 1 (2017) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3108901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3108901

Carla Fredericks (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Rebecca Adamson

First Peoples Worldwide ( email )

3307 Bourbon Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
United States

Nick Pelosi

First Peoples Worldwide

3307 Bourbon Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
United States

Jesse Heibel

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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