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Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes
Verso Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781804295502
320 pages; 12 hours reading time

A must-read for movement-makers, this book traces the lineages of Indigenous resistance from the beginning of the colonization of North America to efforts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock reservation.  Historian Nick Estes connects not only these historical and contemporary movements, but also his own personal experiences growing up as a citizen of the Oceti Sakowin (the Nation of the Seven Council Fires).  Estes invites readers to imagine the future envisioned and created by these decolonizing movements, empowering us to wonder how we are participating in building a more just world in solidarity with these movements of sacred resistance and creative resilience.

View a discussion of the book with the author here.

Read a review of the book from NPR here.


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