Tribes opposing Keystone XL project say pipeline will cross Indian land. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and government reach tentative deal.
This is national native news on Tony Gonzalez. There's a break in the dispute over a proposed natural gas pipeline in British Columbia which has led to demonstrations and rail blockades across. Canada has Dan Carpenter Chuck reports. A draft agreement was reached after three days of talks stretching into the weekend. Details of the deal. Were not disclosed but those close to the talks say they focused on indigenous rights and land titles Ottawa's Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says it's the beginning of a better relationship with the whatsoever nation. We I believe have come to a proposed arrangement. Turn it will Also honor the protocols of the with certain people and plans and obviously that that what we've worked on this weekend needs to go back to those clans Bennett. Says the proposal is to ensure that rights holders will always be at the negotiating table chief WAAS hereditary leader says the draft is a milestone the other component that we we worked on was the Rights entitled matter we come up with an arrangement that we see in as as Probably help and assistance to all parties so that we can see the future as as a better outlook or our our occupation on land real blockades. We'll map across the country. As supporters of the chiefs protested in solidarity the barricades brought much of the country's freight and passenger rail service to a near standstill coastal. Gas Link says it will resume construction of the pipeline for National Native News. I'm Dan Carpenter. And another round of briefings and federal court. The Rosebud Sioux tribe says the keystone xl pipeline route crosses land where the tribe holds mineral and surface rights and they say the energy companies own maps show that encroachment the Department of Justice says the presidential permit does not apply to the pipeline as a whole so any encroachment is a problem of state and Local Authorities Victoria wicks reports pipeline advocates have often said keystone. Xl Won't affect tribes because the pipeline does not cross reservation boundaries tribes disagrees saying. They're drinking. Water originates off reservation and could be polluted by oil spills and construction now. The Rosebud tribe points out that the pipeline does cross. It's land and it notes that Transcanada's own maps show that the pipeline crosses at least four tracks of trust land where the tribe has ownership interest under claims of treaty violations the Rosebud Sioux and Fort Belknap Indian community are suing president. Donald Trump who unilaterally issued a permit in two thousand nineteen bypassing his own State Department. The Department of Justice says the presidential permit applies only to the one point two miles where the pipeline crosses the. Us Canada border. And there's no harm to tribal land in that short stretch. West Furlong is an attorney with the native American Rights Fund. He said in an interview. Last summer that contention is disingenuous. Point of this pipeline is to bring oil from Canada to the Gulf coast. And if they can't cross the border and then the entire purpose of the pipeline is frustrated has for the tribes allegations that the president is violating treaties the DOJ response. The treaties are upheld by federal laws such as Nipah and the national historic preservation. Act and those laws are enforced by federal agencies. Not by the president and so they don't apply to the president who bypass federal agencies when issuing the two thousand nineteen permit for National Native News. I'm Victoria wicks in rapid city. South Dakota and demand Tony Gonzalez.