Dakota Water Wars Video Series

Date: 08/30/2022In partnership with the Standing Rock Nation and Great Plains Water Alliance on behalf of the Oceti Sakowin, Lakota Law is co-producing a series of videos detailing the ongoing need to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. You can view every episode here.
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You'll always find the latest "Dakota Water Wars" chapter at the top of this blog, followed by all others in order from the first.

Chapter 9: Conflict of Interest

In this chapter, legal and technical experts discuss how putting a Big Oil-affiliated firm in charge of DAPL’s environmental review creates a rigged process with a predetermined outcome that ignores tribal concerns.

Chapter 1: United Against DAPL

The Tribes of the Oceti Sakowin are united in the mission to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). With organizing help from the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, Standing Rock Nation led a gathering to strategize about the best approach.

Chapter 2: Honor the Treaties

Hundreds of years of colonization — forced migration, broken treaties, flooding our territory, and the refusal to return our homelands — has led us to this moment. We won’t stop fighting for what is right, for our People and for Unci Maka, our Grandmother Earth. Honor the treaties.

Chapter 3: Money Against a Prayer

DAPL threatens Standing Rock’s sole source of fresh drinking water, transporting more than a million barrels of oil per day under the Mni Sose, the sacred Missouri River, all without a valid permit. Meanwhile, to legally sweat in certain places at the river’s edge, Native People are required to have … a permit. The contrast couldn’t be more clear. That’s why we must stay strong and keep fighting.

Chapter 4: Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

Neither the oil company nor the U.S. government cares that we never gave our consent for DAPL. In the U.S., the standard for moving forward on such projects is “tribal consultation,” but in practice, that’s not a standard at all. Simply sending us an email isn't consent. We insist on a higher standard, one that values our perspective and doesn’t subjugate our people based on meaningless words from the colonizers’ handbook.

Chapter 5: Ignoring Tribes, Ignoring Laws

In this chapter, we explore the disconnect between what’s happened with the pipeline — its illegal operation and crossing just to the north of Standing Rock under the Mni Sose — and what should have been done. Bottom line: DAPL should not be operating without Tribal consent and full compliance with the law.

Chapter 6: I Can Still See It

South Dakota tribal leaders explore the spiritual power of the #NoDAPL movement and the way it brought tribes together from all over the country in support of Unci Maka, our Grandmother Earth.

Chapter 7: Delegation to D.C.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairwoman Janet Alkire leads an important delegation to Washington, D.C. to visit with Senate and congressional leaders, including Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

Chapter 8: Taking Our Truth to D.C.

While in D.C., Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairwoman Janet Alkire tells it like it is: In order to win justice in the fight against DAPL, Washington’s leaders must face hard truths and find compassion for the tribe and all others threatened by this illegal, dangerous pipeline.

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Get Big Oil Out of DAPL Environmental Oversight

Stand with Standing Rock. Tell the Army Corps of Engineers: start from scratch and conduct real environmental oversight of the Dakota Access pipeline — free of oversight from Big Oil.