The President and the Pipeline


Oct. 17, 2016, 12pm to 1:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 105


Debates about environmental justice, climate change, energy policy, and Native rights have converged this summer around the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which would bring oil from North Dakota fracking operations across several states. The Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) opposes the pipeline because construction would likely destroy sacred sites and because the current route goes under the Missouri River at a place where a spill would endanger the water supply to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Native resistance has taken the form of lawsuits, legislative advocacy, a media campaign and (most famously) a months-long gathering of “water protectors” near the pipeline site, which now includes hundreds of tribes. 

This panel will explore the legal and social issues context for the #NoDAPL movement, the role of presidential authority, and what it means for the national conversations about energy policy, fossil fuels, climate change, and environmental justice. 

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public. 

Contact Information

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Mayara Cueto-Diaz

External Sponsor

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law