Federal judge in Montana allows Keystone XL lawsuits to continue

HELENA — A federal judge has ruled that Native American tribes, including the Fort Belknap Indian Community, can continue with a lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris issued the ruling last Friday.

The Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes have claimed Trump exceeded his authority and violated their treaty rights when he issued a permit earlier this year , allowing TC Energy – formerly known as TransCanada – to go forward with construction of the pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border.