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Dakota Access Pipeline: Native American Perspectives

This research guide will help you find information and resources related to the Dakota Access Pipeline project and protests.


This guide aims to provide a Native American perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,200 mile oil pipeline to be built through the land of the Standing Rock Sioux people and across the Missouri River which provides drinking water and water for agriculture for millions of Americans.  The tribe was not consulted during the planning or approval of this project though their ancestral lands and sacred sites would be devastated.  Protests against the pipeline began with tribal members and more people and organizations are joining the effort.  The phrase Mni wiconi is Lakota and means "Water is Life" which is a guiding principle of the protest.

The guide is not meant to be comprehensive but will be updated as we find more sources.  

Thanks to Sarah Kostelecky, the creator of this guide, from the University of New Mexico

Tribal citizens at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Cannonball, North Dakota. Photo courtesy Arlo Iron Cloud from

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