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Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain

Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy.

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jacqueline Keeler: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands

An Indigenous journalist reflects on the 800-year-old cathedral and what “sacred” means to her.

April 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

James Wright: Hook

I stood on the street corner
In Minneapolis, lashed
This way and that.
Wind rose from some pit,
Hunting me.

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rosalyn R. LaPier: How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

Alaska has a “linguistic emergency,” according to the Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker. A report warned earlier this year that all of the state’s 20 Native American languages might cease to … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Josué Rivas and Bailey Williams: “Decolonization Starts Inside of You”

Photographer Josué Rivas spent seven months living at Standing Rock, documenting the gathering force of Native Americans and their allies. He says it wasn’t just a protest; it was an … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jenni Monet: What Standing Rock Gave the World

Americans saw the Indigenous struggle—the violence, stolen resources, colluding corporations and governments—that goes hand in hand with protecting the Earth. At the height of the movement at Standing Rock, Indigenous … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Stand Up / Stand N Rock

. Although the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement, the CEO of Dakota Access Pipe Line has announced that when Trump takes office, work on the pipeline will … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: “We beg for your forgiveness,” Veterans say to Native Elders

. What a sight. The extraordinary coming together of Natives and veterans at Standing Rock culminated with a deeply moving forgiveness ceremony where vets sought atonement for U.S. military aggression … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jon Eagle, Sr: Veterans at Standing Rock Beg Forgiveness for War Crimes against Tribal Nations

I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council: Why We Resist

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by Houston, Texas based corporation called Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. which created the subsidary Dakota Access LLC. The DAPL, also known as the Bakken … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Lauren McCauley: Sioux Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Dakota Pipeline

Developers of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access (also known as the Bakken) Pipeline filed suit in federal court on Monday against members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose days-long … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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