Katherine Todrys, author of Black Snake (Bison Books 2021), will be moderating a free virtual event Thursday March 10, 2022, through Brooklyn Public Library. The event will be a conversation on Five Years After Standing Rock, featuring several of the activists whose work is discussed in Black Snake.
Five years have passed since the closing of the camps at the Standing Rock Reservation, where Native activists peacefully rallied against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline, which crosses beneath the Missouri River, is a serious threat to the region’s water as well as Indigenous burial grounds and cultural sites. The actions of the Native “water protectors” drew global support and united more than 300 tribes in perhaps the largest Native alliance in history. Now, five years later, we take stock of the struggle in a conversation with three of the movement’s leaders.
Join eyewitnesses and activists Cody Two Bears, a former Tribal Council member for Standing Rock; Kandi White, a leader with the Indigenous Environmental Network; Jasilyn Charger, co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council; and Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice’s lead counsel to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their litigation, for a conversation about this important history, the current state of the pipeline fight, and how the larger climate change and environmental movements have evolved. The program is moderated by human rights lawyer Kate Todrys, author of the 2021 book Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice.