Some enduring images from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest over the past year include throngs of people getting doused with water hoses in freezing temperatures and clashing with police in riot gear. Protesting and civil disobedience have long histories both in and out of our Native Nations. From Wounded Knee to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, demonstrations are a show of force for a pressing issue. But what purpose do they serve?
Dr. Robert Warrior (Osage) – the Hall Distinguished professor of American Literature and Culture at University of Kansas
Jennifer Marley (San Ildefonso Pueblo) – organizer with Red Nation, vice president of the KIVA club and a student at the University of New Mexico
Demetrius Johnson (Diné) – President of KIVA club, organizer with Red Nation
Jennifer Cook – policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota
Break music: An Act of Liberation (song) Klee Benally (artist) Respect Existence Or Expect Resistance (album)