Sioux Tribes Request Precautionary Measures to Protect Against DAPL


Filed on behalf of Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and Yankton Sioux Tribes by the American Indian Law Clinic at Colorado Law, Earthjustice, and Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan LLP.

Measures requested:

  1. Deny the easement allowing construction of the pipeline under the Missouri River at
    Lake Oahe as soon as possible;
  2. Complete a full environmental impact statement in formal consultation with the Tribes;
  3. Establish clear rules requiring that indigenous peoples who may be affected by
    government decisions have the opportunity for full and meaningful prior informed
    consent within the meanings established in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
    Indigenous Peoples and the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court and this
  4. Establish clear rules ensuring full environmental and social assessment of activities that may affect indigenous peoples, with the full participation of the affected indigenous peoples;
  5. Immediately take all actions necessary to guarantee the safety of those engaging in
    peaceful prayer and protest concerning DAPL, and to ensure the full enjoyment of their rights to expression and assembly;
  6. Any other action this Commission deems appropriate.

Colorado American Indian Law Clinic Position Announcement

The University of Colorado Law School seeks applicants for a clinical faculty position in its American Indian Law Clinic ( The Clinic was one of the first of its kind in the country, having been founded in 1992.  The incoming clinical faculty member will be charged with assessing and creating a docket of cases and projects that will expose students to an array of issues of Indian law and to legal work in Indian Country.  The faculty member will have primary responsibility for supervising students in their case or project work, and for organizing and teaching a companion clinical seminar.  The faculty  member also will have an opportunity to work with students as part of Colorado Law’s broader American Indian Law Program.

Candidates must have a JD degree and a minimum of five years practical experience greatly preferred.  Prior teaching experience is strongly preferred.  Candidates must be licensed to practice law in at least one state and be eligible either to sit for the Colorado bar or to apply for an admission waiver.

To apply, candidates should mail a letter describing their interest, their initial thoughts on the kinds of cases or projects they would develop for the Indian Law clinic, including discussing why the range of work selected well prepares students to work on behalf of Native peoples or in Indian Country.  The letter should also address a candidate’s relevant practice experience and any prior teaching experience, and include a resume and the names of three references to Deborah J. Cantrell, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Programs, University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 404 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0404.  The deadline for applications is September 15, 2012.  Teaching will begin August 2013.  Colorado Law is an equal opportunity employer.