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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. I. Leading the Resistance
  1. 1. Badass Indigenous Women Caretake Relations: #STANDINGROCK, #IDLENOMORE, #BLACKLIVESMATTER
  2. Kim TallBear
  3. pp. 13-18
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  1. 2. In the Beginning
  2. Mark K. Tilsen
  3. pp. 19-20
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  1. 3. “This Fight Has Become My Life, and It’s Not Over”: An Interview with Zaysha Grinnell
  2. Jaskiran Dhillon
  3. pp. 21-23
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  1. 4. Traditional Leadership and the Oceti Sakowin: An Interview with Lewis Grassrope
  2. Nick Estes
  3. pp. 24-36
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  1. 5. Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
  2. David Archambault II
  3. pp. 37-40
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  1. II. Living Histories
  1. 6. “They Took Our Footprint out of the Ground”: An Interview with LaDonna Bravebull Allard
  2. Nick Estes
  3. pp. 43-55
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  1. 7. Mnisose
  2. Craig Howe and Tyler Young
  3. pp. 56-70
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  1. 8. Mni Wiconi: Water Is [More Than] Life
  2. Edward Valandra
  3. pp. 71-89
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  1. 9. The Great Sioux Nation and the Resistance to Colonial Land Grabbing
  2. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  3. pp. 90-95
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  1. 10. The Supreme Law of the Land: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline
  2. Jeffrey Ostler and Nick Estes
  3. pp. 95-100
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  1. III. Legal and Sociopolitical Landscapes and State Violence
  1. 11. Striking at the Heart of Capital: International Financial Institutions and Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights
  2. Michelle L. Cook
  3. pp. 103-157
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  1. 12. Beyond Environmentalism: #NoDAPL As Assertion of Tribal Sovereignty
  2. Andrew Curley
  3. pp. 158-168
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  1. 13. Resolutions
  2. Layli Long Soldier
  3. pp. 169-171
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  1. 14. Centering Sovereignty: How Standing Rock Changed the Conversation
  2. Elizabeth Ellis
  3. pp. 172-197
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  1. 15. Counterterrorism Tactics at Standing Rock
  2. Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, and Alice Speri
  3. pp. 198-208
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  1. IV. Environmental Colonization
  1. 16. Heal the People, Heal the Land: An Interview with Freda Huson
  2. Anne Spice
  3. pp. 211-221
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  1. 17. The Financing Problem of Colonialism: How Indigenous Jurisdiction Is Valued in Pipeline Politics
  2. Shiri Pasternak, Katie Mazer, and D. T. Cochrane
  3. pp. 222-234
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  1. 18. What Standing Rock Teaches Us about Environmental Justice
  2. Jaskiran Dhillon
  3. pp. 235-242
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  1. V. Education and Critical Pedagogies
  1. 19. Red Praxis: Lessons from Mashantucket to Standing Rock
  2. Sandy Grande, Natalie Avalos, Jason Mancini, Christopher Newell, and endawnis Spears
  3. pp. 245-260
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  1. 20. For Standing Rock: A Moving Dialogue
  2. Tomoki Mari Birkett and Teresa Montoya
  3. pp. 261-280
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  1. 21. A Lesson in Natural Law
  2. Marcella Gilbert
  3. pp. 281-289
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  1. 22. Standing Rock: The Actualization of a Community and a Movement
  2. Sarah Sunshine Manning
  3. pp. 290-300
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  1. 23. #NoDAPL Syllabus Project
  2. The New York City Stands with Standing Rock Collective
  3. pp. 301-304
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  1. VI. Indigenous Organizing and Solidarity
  1. 24. Lessons from the Land: Peace Through Relationship
  2. Michelle Latimer
  3. pp. 307-310
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  1. 25. Wake Work versus Work of Settler Memory: Modes of Solidarity in #NoDAPL, Black Lives Matter, and Anti-Trumpism
  2. Kevin Bruyneel
  3. pp. 311-327
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  1. 26. Threats of Violence: Refusing the Thirty Meter Telescope and Dakota Access Pipeline
  2. David Uahikeaikalei‘ohu Maile
  3. pp. 328-343
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  1. 27. Decolonize This Place and Radical Solidarity: An Interview with Nitasha Dhillon and Amin Husain
  2. Jaskiran Dhillon
  3. pp. 344-351
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  1. 28. Death of Hydra
  2. Joel Waters
  3. pp. 352-353
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  1. 29. Mapping a Many-Headed Hydra: Transnational Infrastructures of Extraction and Resistance
  2. Katie Mazer, Martin Danyluk, Elise Hunchuck, and Deborah Cowen
  3. pp. 354-382
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 383-386
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 387-392
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  1. Publication Information
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452960036
Related ISBN
9781517905361
MARC Record
OCLC
1099539521
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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