The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has recently sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to five government agencies. The CFIF sent the FOIA requests to the Departments of Interior, Justice and Energy, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Army Corps of Engineers. It is seeking information regarding the communications made between officials at the agencies and Jodi Gillette – the sister of the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault.
"There have been a lot of rumours about the backroom dealings that led to the Administration's decision to not issue the final easement for the Dakota Access pipeline," said Timothy Lee, CFIF's Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs.
He added: "We would hope that the self-purported 'most transparent Administration in history' would provide the American people with the background and information that went into this important decision to halt an infrastructure project that had already been approved and was more than 90% complete."
According to the FOIA requests, there is growing concern about the relationship between Dave Archambault II's sister and the Obama Administration.
Ms Gillette is a former senior advisor to the President and Secretary of the Interior. She is currently a lobbyist on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux with Sonosky, Chambers, Chambers, Endreson & Perry, LLP. The CFIF is seeking to ensure that both Mr Archambault and Ms Gillette have not wielded improper influence over the Administration's policies, which have ultimately caused delays in the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline project.
The request stated: “I request access to and copies of all records since 1 February 2016, related in any way to the Dakota Access pipeline and Jodi Gillette. This request includes, but is not limited to, all emails, other correspondence, correspondence logs, records of meetings, records of appointments and visitor logs.
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