Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands

Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands

by Jacqueline Keeler


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"Jacqueline Keeler, a master storyteller and reporter, crafts a knotty skein, twining together family traditions, Native and colonial histories, personal experiences, and crackerjack journalism."

—BETSY GAINES QUAMMEN, author of American Zion

Native young people and elders pray in sweat lodges at the Océti Sakówin camp
, the North Dakota landscape outside blanketed in snow. In Oregon, white men and women in army surplus and western gear, some draped in the American flag, gather in the buildings of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The world witnessed two standoffs in 2016: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge led by the Bundy family. These events unfolded in vastly different ways, from media coverage to the reactions of law enforcement. In Standoff, Jacqueline Keeler examines these episodes as two sides of the same story that created America and its deep–rooted cultural conflicts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948814270
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 929,353
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

JACQUELINE KEELER is a Dine/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is editor of the anthology Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears and has contributed to many publications including The Nation, Yes! magazine, and Salon.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why the Land Matters


Liberty and Property:

The Declaration of Independence, the Bundys, and Native Nations


Origin Stories, or Sovereign Citizen vs. Sovereign Nation:

The Politics of the Personal vs. Indigenous Nationhood


Constitutional “Originalist” vs. Paiute Nation:

Who Are the Original Owners of the Land?


On the Trail of Broken Treaties:

The Fort Laramie Treaties and the Suppressed Sovereignty of the Great Sioux Nation


Standing Rock Made the Military Occupation Visible:

Armed vs. Peaceful Protest and the Use of State Violence


The Role of Water Protectors at Standing Rock vs. the Militia at Malheur


Privatization of Public Lands vs. Sacred Lands:

Will the Land Make Us All One People?


Trump, Bundy Victories, and the Center of the Buffalo

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