“Out there,” Verna Bailey, at right, said, pointing to the water. “I lived down there with my grandmother and grandfather. We had a community there. Now it’s all gone.” Fifty years ago, hers was one of hundreds of Native American families whose homes and land were inundated by rising waters after the Army Corps of Engineers built the Oahe Dam along the Missouri River. In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is once again in a battle over water, this time with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Protest on the Plains, Digital Prints, 19x13
In 2016, more than 300 Native American tribes flocked to protest an oil pipeline in North Dakota.
In the largest, most diverse tribal action ever, a familiar storyline emerged between the U.S. government and indigenous people who have seen many broken treaties and promises.
Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, he ordered the completion of the pipeline's construction. Though this particular fight was lost, the nation witnessed the uprising of a unified, indigenous voice. This movement does not die with the first drop of oil in the pipeline. It grows in intensity.
- Alyssa Schukar
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