Native American Lands and the Keystone Pipeline Expansion: A Legal Analysis

Robert Nicholas Diotalevi, Susan Burhoe


It seems that multiple branches of the U.S. government are involved in an historic legal and political battle over whether a foreign corporation should be granted a permit to expand the Keystone Pipeline. This pipeline carries Canadian oil across the U.S. border. The new pipeline crosses Native American lands that are protected by treaties signed between the U.S. and the Great Sioux Nation. Native Americans have declared that if President Obama grants the permit, it would be considered an act of war.

In this worke we will cover important legal issues as well as offer advice and commentary regarding Native American Lands and the Keystone Pipeline. We trust that it will shed new light on important issues affecting all Americans and be of aid in practice and life.

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