Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

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Dispatches of radical political engagement from people taking a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline

It is prophecy. A Black Snake will spread itself across the land, bringing destruction while uniting Indigenous nations. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the Black Snake, crossing the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The oil pipeline united communities along its path—from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois—and galvanized a twenty-first-century Indigenous resistance movement marching under the banner Mni Wiconi—Water Is Life! Standing Rock youth issued a call, and millions around the world and thousands of Water Protectors from more than three hundred Native nations answered. Amid the movement to protect the land and the water that millions depend on for life, the Oceti Sakowin (the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota people) reunited. A nation was reborn with renewed power to protect the environment and support Indigenous grassroots education and organizing. This book assembles the multitude of voices of writers, thinkers, artists, and activists from that movement.

Through poetry and prose, essays, photography, interviews, and polemical interventions, the contributors, including leaders of the Standing Rock movement, reflect on Indigenous history and politics and on the movement’s significance. Their work challenges our understanding of colonial history not simply as “lessons learned” but as essential guideposts for current and future activism.

Contributors: Dave Archambault II, Natalie Avalos, Vanessa Bowen, Alleen Brown, Kevin Bruyneel, Tomoki Mari Birkett, Troy Cochrane, Michelle L. Cook, Deborah Cowen, Andrew Curley, Martin Danyluk, Jaskiran Dhillon, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Liz Ellis, Nick Estes, Marcella Gilbert, Sandy Grande, Craig Howe, Elise Hunchuck, Michelle Latimer, Layli Long Soldier, David Uahikeaikalei‘ohu Maile, Jason Mancini, Sarah Sunshine Manning, Katie Mazer, Teresa Montoya, Chris Newell, The NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective, Jeffrey Ostler, Will Parrish, Shiri Pasternak, endawnis Spears, Alice Speri, Anne Spice, Kim TallBear, Mark L. Tilsen, Edward Valandra, Joel Waters, Tyler Young.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517905361
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Indigenous Americas Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 565,102
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa, a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico; cofounder of The Red Nation, an organization dedicated to Indigenous liberation; and author of Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance.

Jaskiran Dhillon is a first-generation anticolonial scholar and organizer who grew up on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is associate professor of global studies and anthropology at The New School and author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction: The Black Snake, #NoDAPL, and the Rise of a People's Movement Nick Estes Jaskiran Dhillon 1

Part I Leading the Resistance

1 Badass Indigenous Women Caretake Relations: #Standingrock, #IcUeNoMore, #BlackLivesMatter Kim TallBear 13

2 In the Beginning Mark K. Tilsen 19

3 "This Fight Has Become My Life, and It's Not Over": An Interview with Zaysha Grinnell Jaskiran Dhillon 21

4 Traditional Leadership and the Oceti Sakowin: An Interview with Lewis Grassrope Nick Estes 24

5 Taking a Stand at Standing Rock David Archambault II 37

Part II Living Histories

6 "They Took Our Footprint Out of the Ground": An Interview with LaDonna Bravebull Allard Nick Estes 43

7 Mnisose Craig Howe Tyler Young 56

8 Mni Wiconi: Water Is [More Than] Life Edward Valandra 71

9 The Great Sioux Nation and the Resistance to Colonial Land Grabbing Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 90

10 The Supreme Law of the Land: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline Jeffrey Ostler Nick Estes 96

Part III Legal and Sociopolitical Landscapes and State Violence

11 Striking at the Heart of Capital: International Financial Institutions and Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights Michelle L. Cook 103

12 Beyond Environmentalism: #NoDAPL as Assertion of Tribal Sovereignty Andrew Curley 158

13 Resolutions Layli Long Soldier 169

14 Centering Sovereignty: How Standing Rock Changed the Conversation Elizabeth Ellis 172

15 Counterterrorism Tactics at Standing Rock Alleen Brown Will Parrish Alice Speri 198

Part IV Environmental Colonization

16 Heal the People, Heal the Land: An Interview with Freda Huson Anne Spice 210

17 The Financing Problem of Colonialism: How Indigenous Jurisdiction Is Valued in Pipeline Politics Shiri Pasternak Katie Mazer D. T. Cochrane 222

18 What Standing Rock Teaches Us about Environmental Justice Jaskiran Dhillon 235

Part V Education and Critical Pedagogies

19 Red Praxis: Lessons from Mashantucket to Standing Rock Sandy Grande Natalie Avalos Jason Mancini Christopher Newell endawnis Spears 245

20 For Standing Rock: A Moving Dialogue Tomoki Mari Birkett Teresa Montoya 261

21 A Lesson in Natural Law Marcella Gilbert 281

22 Standing Rock: The Actualization of a Community and a Movement Sarah Sunshine Manning 290

23 #NoDAPL Syllabus Project: The New York City Stands with Standing Rock Collective 301

Part VI Indigenous Organizing and Solidarity in Movement Building

24 Lessons from the Land: Peace through Relationship Michelle Latimer 307

25 Wake Work versus Work of Settler Memory: Modes of Solidarity in #NoDAPL, Black Lives Matter, and Anti-Trumpism Kevin Bruyneel 311

26 Threats of Violence: Refusing the Thirty Meter Telescope and Dakota Access Pipeline David Uahikeaikalei'ohu Maile 328

27 Decolonize This Place and Radical Solidarity: An Interview with Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain Jaskiran Dhillon 344

28 Death of Hydra Joel Waters 352

29 Mapping a Many-Headed Hydra: Transnational Infrastructures of Extraction and Resistance Katie Mazer Martin Danyluk Elise Hunchuck Deborah Cowen 354

Acknowledgments 383

Contributors 387

Publication Information 393

Index 395

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