NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. — An American Indian tribe’s attempt to halt construction of an oil pipeline near its North Dakota reservation failed in federal court Friday, but three government agencies asked the pipeline company to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment that tribal officials say holds sacred artifacts.

The Standing Rock Sioux, whose cause has drawn thousands to join their protest, had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Tribal leaders say the project violates several federal laws and will harm water supplies. The tribe also alleges that ancient sites have been disturbed during construction. Read more…

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Government asks for pause in construction of part of North Dakota pipeline amid protests