Defeating the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

Starting in April 2016, thousands of people, led by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members, gathered at camps to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—creating the #NoDAPL movement. The movement ultimately blocked pipeline construction, though under a new U.S. presidential administration, many are waiting to see what steps will need to be taken to continue resistance.

#NoDAPL has mobilized Indigenous peoples and allies everywhere. What is its significance for Indigenous peoples and environmentalism, including the global climate justice and environmental justice movements?

Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He discusses his work on climate and environmental justice especially concerning the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organisations and delves deep into his writings on the #NoDAPL movement.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – David Schlosberg
03:25   Systematic Indigenous Injustice and the Dakota Access Pipeline – Kyle Powys Whyte


Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
Associate Professor Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

This event was held at the University of Sydney on 21 February 2017.

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