- Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
- Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
- Part 2: Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
- And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.
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Part 1:The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win
Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.
Naomi Klein, the Nation
Indigenous water protectors and their allies celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)
December 4, 2016 | “I’ve never been so happy doing dishes,” Ivy Longie says, and then she starts laughing. Then crying. And then there is hugging. Then more hugging.
Less than two hours earlier, news came that the Army Corps of Engineers had turned down the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be built under the Missouri River. The company will have to find an alternate route and undergo a lengthy environmental assessment.
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). Each book has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate.
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Part 2: Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story
And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.
Bill McKibben, the Nation
Water protectors in Oceti Sakowin camp demonstrate against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation on December 4, 2016. (Reuters / Stephanie Keith)
December 5, 2016 | All organizing is story-telling, and the story that got told at Standing Rock was so powerful that ultimately the Obama White House had little choice but to go along.
The decision by the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the permits necessary for sending the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River is a tribute to truly remarkable efforts by Indigenous organizers, from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. It’s also a tribute to the incredible power of civil disobedience, a tool I tried to describe in last week’s print edition of the Nation.
But my analysis pales next to the actual story from the Oceti Sakowin encampment. There, the last few months have unfolded with almost eerie grace, and the textbook on nonviolent action has been revised and illustrated in the process.
Bill McKibben is the author of 15 books, most recently Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he is the co-founder of 350.org, the largest global grassroots organizing campaign on climate change.
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