Standing Rock

Greed, Oil and the Lakota's Struggle for Justice

Bikem Ekberzade

Standing Rock

Bikem Ekberzade

Distributed for Zed Books

252 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786992833 Will Publish For sale in North and South America only
In 2016, the world watched as thousands set up camp within Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to protest the re-routing of the Dakota Access oil pipeline close to the Reservation's northern border. Native Americans were joined by non-tribal environmentalists, including US army veterans, all of them standing in solidarity with the Lakota. Then, in early 2017, the protest was disbanded using brutal force. For those following from afar, it seemed like a shocking response to a peaceful protest. But for the Native Americans at Standing Rock, it was another all-too-familiar episode in a long history of violent mistreatment.  
From the decline of the East Coast tribes to the dispossession of the native people along the Missouri basin, and from the Battle of Little Bighorn to Wounded Knee, America’s indigenous peoples have been subject to horrendous persecution, land grabs, and the steady erosion of their way of life. Frontline journalist Ekberzade Bikem recounts the epic story of this centuries’ old struggle as told to her by those have lived it: the last guardians of the oral history of the Great Plains, the grandson of chief Sitting Bull's nephew, and many of the other activists who have fought for Native rights for decades—and who pledge to continue the fight in the aftermath of Standing Rock.
Review Quotes
Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club
“Shows how the confrontation at Standing Rock fits a centuries-long pattern of oppression, yet also marks the emergence of a growing and increasingly effective Native American resistance to corporate greed and environmental injustice.”
Donatella Lorch, former foreign correspondent for The New York Times
”Weaves a much needed and moving story. The book comes alive through the eloquent voices of its Native American organizers, and Ekberzade creates an intimate window into the lives of her subjects. Standing Rock may have its roots in hundreds of years of history but more than ever, this book matters now.”
Nick B. Mills, journalist and author of Karzai
“The story of Standing Rock embodies a long, sad history of violence and broken promises by the US government. Ekberzade carefully documents this history and illuminates it with the words of living Native Americans. An important contribution to our understanding of the US's shameful and often appalling abuse of America's original peoples.”
Üstün Bilgen-Reinart, author of Night Spirits: The Story of the Relocation of the Sayisi Dene
“Lest we forget the heart-wrenching resistance of the Sioux and their allies at Standing Rock, Ekberzade meticulously sets their story in its historic context. This is important, valuable work at a time when Indigenous people all over the world are at the forefront of the struggle for ecological justice.”
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