Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“Keystone XL Pipeline Taises Tribal Concerns”

The Sac and Fox Nation is worried that pipeline construction in Oklahoma could unearth unmarked graves and other sacred archeological sites. The company behind the pipeline, TransCanada, “is trying to hammer out issues with Oklahoma and Texas tribes without a fight, so it can get on with digging,” reports the Washington Post’s Steven Mufson.

TransCanada’s plan to dig a trench and bury part of its $7 billion, 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline right through this land has unearthed a host of Native American opposition, resentments and ghosts of the past. Winning support in Indian country is one of the last hurdles for the project, which is touted as a key to North American energy security. The question is whether gaining tribal support is a courtesy, as the company puts it, or a legal obligation.

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