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Sovereignty Matters: Perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Sovereignty Matters:
Perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

Monday, October 31, 2016, at 3:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

Download: audio, small video, or original.

The Dakota Access Pipeline project, a proposed 1,172 mile pipeline to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, became the subject of protest and growing recognition this year when members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribal nation called attention to it, later filing suit against the Army Corps of Engineers. The lawsuit and protests focused on the pipeline’s impacts to the environment, culturally significant and sacred sites, and treaty rights. All of these are aspects of Native sovereignty. And although the courts decided there was no basis for halting the project, three Federal agencies voluntarily withdrew support and permits.

This panel will present the various perspectives at stake in the DAPL case, from historical, legal, environmental, cultural, and personal viewpoints. How does this case speak to the state of American Indian sovereignty today? Does Federal ambivalence indicate an admission that Native/state relations require attention? What is at stake for Standing Rock and all Native nations?

David Wilkins (American Indian Studies, CLA) is a nationally recognized scholar of Native governance and constitutional development, and Native/state relations.
Michael Dockry (USDA Forest Service and Forest Resources, CFANS) works in Indigenous community forestry, sustainability, and natural resource planning.
Mark Bellcourt (Academic advisor, CFANS and CEHD) has research interests in Indigenous worldviews of math and science and how they can be better integrated into the mainstream curriculum.
C̣aƞte Máza Neil McKay (American Indian Studies, CLA) teaches Dakota language, culture and history and is committed to language revitalization.
Amber Annis (American Studies, CLA) is a PhD candidate whose research focuses on the relations of the Federal government with the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, particularly over use of reservation land.
Samantha Majhor (English, CLA) is a PhD candidate completing a dissertation titled “The Sovereignty of Things in Native American Literature.”

Cosponsored by the IAS Heritage Collaborative, the American Indian Studies Department, and the Circle of Indigenous Nations.

See also: American Indian Sovereignty Matters and Sovereignty: A Minnesota Sesquicentennial Symposium.

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One Comment

  1. Donna MyersNovember 2, 2016 at 3:18 pmReply

    I have watched and listened to this information two times. I appreciate all the words of wisdom the Creator has given each person that spoke. I can not come in person but I am with you all in spirit at Standing Rock.

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