Tag: indigenous

Analysis, Reporting

How Standing Rock Stole My Despair

And what the indigenous resistance in North Dakota means for Texas and a world wrapped in pipelines. At the Oceti Sakowin Camp, just outside the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in North Dakota, the sun seems to rise in the west. Thanks to the north’s low-slung winter sun, there’s never […]

Reporting

Standing Rock’s Civil Disobedience Reaches West Texas

“It’s the Rio Grande. It’s sacred to many people.” Shortly after 4am on Monday, a small caravan of cars pulled up in front of a pipe yard on the west side of Alpine, Texas – until recently, a rare sight in this remote corner of the state. In the morning […]

injured water protector
Reporting

Standing Rock and Human Rights

The story of Standing Rock’s resistance is one punctured over and again by overwhelming displays of state violence. This week brings perhaps the most vicious, as police and private security forces sprayed water protectors on a sub-freezing night for hours with cold water, pepper-sprayed them, shot rubber bullets in their […]

Standing Rock solidarity action
Reporting

Defend Big Bend: Indigenous Resistance to Texas Trans-Pecos Pipeline Growing

On Sunday, November 20, members of Defend Big Bend, the Society of Native Nations, and several tribal groups, marched from the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing Area outside Marfa, Texas, to the construction site of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. The Standing Rock solidarity march targeted Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the force behind […]

Reporting

Voices from Standing Rock, III. (VIDEO)

Representatives of an estimated 300 native tribes and nations from around the world have come to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to stand in solidarity with the Sioux Nation in their fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline, to be drilled beneath the Missouri River, just upstream of the community’s […]

Reporting

Voices from Standing Rock II. (VIDEO)

Representatives of an estimated 300 native tribes and nations from around the world have come to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to stand in solidarity with the Sioux Nation in their fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline, to be drilled beneath the Missouri River, just upstream of the community’s […]

Reporting

Voices from Standing Rock, I. (VIDEO)

Representatives of an estimated 300 native tribes and nations from around the world have come to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to stand in solidarity with the Sioux Nation in their fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline, to be drilled beneath the Missouri River, just upstream of the community’s […]

Reporting

Pipeline Wars: Voices of Texas Water Protectors

Voices Raised at Texas Park and Wildlife’s Meeting Against Kelcy Warren, Against Dakota Access, Against Trans-Pecos, Against Comanche Trail… More than 100 self-described “water protectors” sung, chanted, and prayed for more than an hour and a half on Friday morning before a few dozen entered the Texas Parks and Wildlife […]

Anti-pipeline action in West Texas
Analysis, Reporting

North Dakota: Stop the War on Journalists

[An adapted version of this post has since been published at Indian Country Today.] SEJ joins organizations condemning the intimidation of journalists at Standing Rock It’s the First Amendment: one of the earliest signals of the newly formed United States promising the federal government would not steamroll the interests of […]

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Analysis

How to Co-opt an Indigenous Struggle

The big fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota by a now-estimated 300-odd indigenous nations and tribes and allies can be viewed from many perspectives. Perhaps the least helpful or accurate interpretation is one that seeks to explain the contest through the lens of Western environmentalism. The Washington […]

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Today: Standing Rock Protests Across Texas

Texas peeps: It is not too late to join Standing Rock solidarity actions in your community, many of which will be holding space till 8pm tonight. San Antonio : Moved to Travis Park. Hemisphair Park 434 S. Alamo St San Antonio, TX, 78205… See other locations below.

"Truckload of Art," Camp Bosworth
Reporting

Controlled Burn: Fire, Pipelines & Defending Big Bend

ALPINE, Texas—There are flames rising on the highway, erupting from the bowels of an overturned semi. Black, oily smoke roils into the sky. A bearded Jehovah cradles the driver in speckled clouds opposite that oily smoke. It’s a “Truckload of Art,” a wood-and-paint creation of Marfa artist Camp Bosworth and […]