The Dakota Access Pipeline: Native American Perspectives


This guide aims to provide Native American perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,200 mile oil pipeline built through the land of the Standing Rock Sioux people and across the Missouri River which provides drinking water and water for agriculture for millions of Americans.  The tribe was not consulted during the planning or approval of this project though their ancestral lands and sacred sites were devastated during construction.  The phrase Mni wiconi is Lakota and means "Water is Life" which is a guiding principle of the movement.

Finding the coverage of this issue lacking Native voices we attempt to share that here.  The guide is not meant to be comprehensive but will be updated as we find more sources.  

Tribal citizens at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Cannonball, North Dakota. Photo by Arlo Iron Cloud from

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