Rosebud Sioux Tribe

A federal judge in Montana Thursday heard arguments but made no ruling on tribes’ suit to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The hearing was part of an ongoing lawsuit the Fort Belknap Indian community in Montana and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota brought against developer TC Energy and President Donald Trump.

A photo of Prairiedawn Thunderchild, Tahnee Thunderchild, Lance Fourstar, Catherine Bear, Delberta Eagleman, Angeline Cheek, Vermae Taylor and Cheyenne Foote taken Apr. 14, 2020.
Curtis Yaz

 Updated 04/15/20, 6:10 p.m.

A federal judge Thursday will consider tribes’ request to put a hold on oil pipeline construction in northeastern Montana in light of coronavirus concerns.

Tribal members gathered this week in Phillips County to protest the ongoing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

A map of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route through northeastern Montana.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management / U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The U.S. Department of Interior on Jan. 22 signed off on a section of the Keystone XL pipeline that will pass through 44 miles of federally-managed land in Montana.

A train ships pieces of pipeline materials.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Attorneys for the Trump administration want a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska.

A train ships pieces of pipeline materials.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau


Nebraska’s highest court approved the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through the state Friday. That makes Montana the focus of efforts to halt the project’s construction.

Three bison walk through sagebrush in front of snowcapped mountains.
Jacob Byk / National Wildlife Federation


Five bison from Montana’s Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes arrived on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming Wednesday night. The exchange is part of an effort to restore bison populations across Indian Country.

Courtesy of Gabriel Night Shield

Gabriel Night Shield decided to make the podcast Urban Indianz after growing frustrated with the way he sees Native Americans portrayed in mass media.