December 5, 2017
The film tells the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Tens of thousands of activists traveled to North Dakota from all over the world to take a stand alongside the 'water protectors' -- activists opposing construction of the 3.7 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline transports fracked oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields directly underneath the Missouri River on sovereign Lakota land, the only water source for the Standing Rock reservation and the drinking water source for 17 million Americans downstream.
The drama continues. Just now, on November 16, TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil, gushing the equivalent of ten backyard swimming pools of toxic tar sand oil onto the grassy plains of South Dakota – just miles from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate reservation. And a coalition of Indigenous peoples, farmers and ranchers along the Keystone XL route continues to fight the proposed expansion of this pipeline.
Moderated discussion to follow, led by Leigh Youngblood and Rhonda Anderson. Leigh Youngblood lives in Warwick and, as executive director of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, she stood, sat, and walked with other landowners to defend land from eminent domain takings for a fossil fuel project. Rhonda Anderson is a federally recognized and enrolled Inupiaq-Athabaskan. Born in Alaska, Anderson has lived in New England most of her life and is a trained herbalist and silversmith. Anderson has been to Standing Rock and continues to tell the story of and support the Water Is Life movement.