Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

by Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys
Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice

by Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys

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Overview

2022 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List
2022 Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention in Culture
2022 Montaigne Medal Finalist

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) made headlines around the world in 2016. Supporters called the pipeline key to safely transporting American oil from the Bakken oil fields of the northern plains to markets nationwide, essential to both national security and prosperity. Native activists named it the “black snake,” referring to an ancient prophecy about a terrible snake that would one day devour the earth. Activists rallied near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota for months in opposition to DAPL, winning an unprecedented but temporary victory before the federal government ultimately permitted the pipeline. Oil began flowing on June 1, 2017.

The water protector camps drew global support and united more than three hundred tribes in perhaps the largest Native alliance in U.S. history. While it faced violent opposition, the peaceful movement against DAPL has become one of the most crucial human rights movements of our time.

Black Snake is the story of four leaders—LaDonna Allard, Jasilyn Charger, Lisa DeVille, and Kandi White—and their fight against the pipeline. It is the story of Native nations combating environmental injustice and longtime discrimination and rebuilding their communities. It is the story of a new generation of environmental activists, galvanized at Standing Rock, becoming the protectors of America’s natural resources.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496222664
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 690,030
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys is a human rights lawyer and former researcher at Human Rights Watch. She specializes in health and human rights issues.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Lisa
1. Oil Production in the Bakken
2. Pipelines and POWER on Fort Berthold
Jasilyn
3. Origins of the Camp at Standing Rock
4. Seventh Generation Rising
LaDonna
5. Militarization of the Response
6. Victory on the Heels of Violence
Kandi
7. From Victory to Eviction
8. The Standing Rock Legacy
Epilogue
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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