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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 04:51 PM

South Dakota ACLU to challenge Noem's "Riot Boosting" Act in court this Wednesday

The South Dakota ACLU sent out a news release on Friday, June 7, announcing that it would be challenging Governor Kristi Noem’s pro-Keystone XL Pipeline, anti- “Riot Boosting,” Act, in court on Wednesday afternoon.

The release said that the case of Dakota Rural Action v. Noem, as it has been named, will be heard by the Rapid City U.S. District Court on Wednesday, June 12 at 3 p.m. The hearing will be held at the Andrew W. Bogue Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Room 301, on 515 Ninth St. In the case, the ACLU will represent the activist groups Dakota Rural Action, Indigenous Environmental Network, NDN Collective and the Sierra Club; as well as two individual activists: Nick Tilsen with NDN Collective and Dallas Goldtooth with Indigenous Environmental Network.

“All are planning to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and/or encourage others to do so,” the release said.

The “Riot Boosting Act” which the ACLU is challenging is an attempt by Noem to outlaw many forms of Pipeline protest, and commodify the protests that do occur. It consists of two separate bills, Senate Bills 189 and 190, which were both introduced and swiftly signed into law this past March.

Read more: https://www.capjournal.com/news/south-dakota-aclu-to-challenge-noem-s-riot-boosting-act/article_f0515e62-8afa-11e9-9ba6-db71b9a0b315.html

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