Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

Univ. of Minnesota. Aug. 2019. 448p. ed. by ed. by Nick Estes & Jaskiran Dhillon. photos. index. ISBN 9781517905361. pap. $24.95. SOC SCI
Contributing editors Estes (American studies, Univ. of New Mexico; Our History Is the Future), a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and Dhillon (global studies & anthropology, the New Sch.; Prairie Rising), who grew up on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatchewan, gather a vital collection of essays, poems, interviews, and stories from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation opposition to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines during 2015–17. From detailed analytics of pipeline funders to insightful poetics, the views and intentions of the Water Protectors of Standing Rock’s nonviolent protests are documented and openly shared. David Uahikeaikalei’ohu Maile writes how symbolic threats of nonviolent protesters were used to condone actual acts of brutality against them. Edward Valandra’s essay on the cultural significance of water stands as a philosophical centerpiece.
VERDICT While the editors have written their own books on the subject and are active participants in modern indigenous movements, this contextual anthology gives recognition and voice to the many who participated in the #NoDAPL protests. Highly recommended for casting light on a landmark cultural movement.
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