• Tribal leaders press feds on drilling plan in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders from several American Indian communities want federal land managers to consider the cultural significance of a large swath of land surrounding Chaco Cultural National Historic Park as they plan for more oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico.

  • Dakota Access pipeline protesters told to leave by Dec. 5

    A sculpture stands at an encampment where protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline have been gathered for months, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Protest organizers said that they have a right to stay on the land. Their statement comes a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told they would have to leave by Dec. 5. (AP Photos/James MacPherson)

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set an early December deadline for American Indians and others to leave an encampment in North Dakota where they’ve been entrenched for months protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. Tribes including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux are fighting the Dakota Access project because they fear it will harm drinking water and cultural sites. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois will be safe.