Federal Judge Extends Temporary Restraining Order Against Three Affiliated Tribes

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 A federal judge orders a temporary restraining order be extended through September 19th in a pipeline case against the Three Affiliated Tribes.
That means Paradigm Energy Partners can continue building a gas pipeline under Lake Sakakawea.
In early August, the Three Affiliated Tribes issued a cease and desist order to halt construction
Yesterday a federal judge listened to arguments from both sides.
Today Judge Daniel Hovland extended the order.
Tribal Chairman Mark Fox gave us this statement:
“I assert that the federal court’s actions have been unfair and detrimental to our tribal nation. In my opinion, an extended TRO that only restricts OUR side of the dispute is catering to the economy interests of oil industry.  It causes significant harm to the MHA nation by weakening our position, both economically and in our right to govern our land and water within the Ft Berthold Reservation!  Disregard of tribal sovereignty by the United States government, or its judicial system, continues to ignite anger and grave concern by tribal nations, most recently demonstrated in the SRST protest of oil industry intrusion! “

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