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South Dakota Weighs Becoming 13th Permitless Carry State

South Dakota lawmakers will soon be considering permitless carry legislation, which gives them the opportunity to make their state the 13th to require no permit to carry a handgun for self-defense.

Native Americans marching to a sacred burial ground, disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline, near the encampment where hundreds of people have gathered to join the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest of the oil pipeline

DOJ Moves to Halt Energy Pipeline After Tribal Fail

The U.S. government moved on Friday to halt a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota that has angered Native Americans, blocking construction on federal land and asking the company behind the project to suspend work nearby.

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More Police Requested to Contain ‘Violent’ Pipeline Protests

ASSOCIATED PRESS — North Dakota authorities are recruiting law enforcement officers from across the state to guard the site of a protest in anticipation of an impending federal ruling on whether to block the construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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Militant Native American Protesters Attack Pipeline Crew

A longstanding protest against a Texas-based energy company’s plan to build a pipeline near tribal lands in North Dakota turned violent against construction crews and a limited security team over the Labor Day weekend.

Various videos and local reports have confirmed that “hundreds” of Native American protesters and supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux turned violent at a construction site under the management of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners near Cannon Ball, ND. The Associated Press reported that four private security guards and two dogs were injured in the incident as a result, according to the Morton County Sherriff’s Office. Though protesters have asserted through a variety of mediums that they were the ones first attacked, many of their own videos purport to show the opposite occurred.

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard delivers his during his annual state of the state address at the state Capitol in Pierre. Daugaard vetoed a bill Tuesday, March 1, 2016, that would have made it the first state in the U.S. to …

South Dakota Gov. Vetoes Bill to Keep Girls’ and Boys’ Bathrooms Separate

On Tuesday, the Republican Governor of South Dakota became the latest policy maker to fall for the canard of “gender identity.” Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have required boys and girls to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their biological sex.

Gov. Bill Haslam meets with lawmakers in Sparta, Tenn., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Not Yet Offering Constitutional Challenge to Syrian Refugee Settlement

Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam is apparently off the list of possible plaintiffs—governors of the 12 “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states where non-profit VOLAGS, not state governments, run the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program—the Thomas More Law Center says it is looking to represent in a constitutional legal challenge to the program.

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Sex Abuse Charges Embroil American Indian Spiritual Leader

Charles Chipps, Sr., is a world famous spiritual leader who for decades has inspired members of the Oglala Lakota Nation with his guidance at South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian reservation. But shocking charges that he sexually molested a long list of teen girls have divided the community.