The whole pipeline fiasco was a more appropriate story for the 19th century instead of the 21st. Now, the timing is ideal for a new beginning: #HealNorthDakota
Mark Trahant is an independent journalist and a journalism professor at the University of North Dakota. He's a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes and has written about American Indian and Alaska Native issues for more than three decades. His most recent project, TrahantReports, covers the 2016 election with a focus on Native issues and candidates. Follow him on Twitter at @TrahantReports.
This week’s new Army Corps decision and a fresh lawsuit could delay the Dakota Access pipleline more than makes economic sense.
I'm angry. White people in Oregon are acquitted while Native people in North Dakota are attacked by riot police from five states. And our politicians are preoccupied.
Continuing to shrink our oil consumption is one way to challenge the oil uber alles mentality of the Trump administration.
Although the governor cites the rule of law in his eviction order, the Sioux have this: the Constitution’s Article 6, declaring “treaties as the Supreme Law of the Land.”
One hint at what’s to come is found in the data of early voting. And so far, it’s good news for Democrats—especially Native American candidates.
The next Standing Rock is the Longview Millennium coal export facility. Water protectors know coal dust is like a pipeline accident that happens daily.
Those with something to gain from the Dakota Access pipeline want us to believe the energy company is an overburdened victim.
Can we trust Clinton-Kaine promises of an energy future “where no one is left out or left behind”?
Most importantly, they would see the serious purpose for the people here at Camp Sacred Stone, one that’s not going away without a successful resolution.
Coal left in the ground is an investment in the climate, as well as the future of families in rural communities and the tribes.