Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


#NoDAPL: Native Life, Death, & Resistance on the Missouri River

#NoDAPL: Native Life, Death, & Resistance on the Missouri River

"#NoDAPL: Native LIfe, Death & Resistance on the Missouri River" will explore the historical and political significance of the Native-led movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the Standing Rock Sious Indian Reservation. Thousands of people, Natives and non-Natives alike, have demonstrated at Standing Rock and around the world. The talk will take place on Monday, September 26, at 5:30 pm in Dumbach Hall 120. 

This talk will explore the history of the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) who have resisted the trespass of settlers, dams, and oil pipelines across the Missouri River for many years. This resistance has brought together disparate movements under the banner of Mni Wiconi, or "water is life."   

Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow, and a co-founder of The Red Nation. His research and writing focus on the history and politics of the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation), border town violence, colonialism and decolonization, and indigenous internationalism and human rights.