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Indigenous groups in U.S. say Trump illegally approved Keystone XL pipeline

In this March 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump announces the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
In this March 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump announces the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Some Indigenous groups in Montana and South Dakota say the Trump administration unlawfully approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline without fully considering its potential damage to cultural sites.

Attorneys for the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes sued the U.S. State Department Monday, asking a court to rescind the line’s permit.

The tribes argue U.S. President Donald Trump ignored the rights of tribes when he reversed a prior decision by President Barack Obama and approved the project last year.

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Watch below: (From March 2017) U.S. President Donald Trump, TransCanada president announce approval of Keystone XL pipeline.

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President Trump, TransCanada President announce approval of Keystone XL pipeline

The TransCanada Corporation pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude daily from Alberta to Nebraska. It would pass through the ancestral homelands of the Rosebud Sioux in central South Dakota and the Fort Belknap tribes in Montana.

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State Department representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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