Humanities Laureate Award: Resources on the Sioux Nation and Environmental Activism

“Mni Wiconi”: “Water is life.”

On Wednesday, May 17, the DePaul Humanities Center will celebrate the enduring efforts of a first nation community fighting for their sovereign rights. On behalf of the Native Peoples at Standing Rock, three outstanding leaders will receive the 2016-17 DePaul Humanities Laureate Award: Bobbi Jean Three Legs, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, and Dallas Goldtooth.

The conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline, which drew thousands of protestors to camps near Standing Rock North Dakota, brings into focus ethical, political, economic and environmental issues.  If you are interested in exploring these issues, we encourage you to make use of DePaul’s subscriptions to news sources such as LexisNexis and Access World News found at as well as books and article databases to find solid, reliable, and up-to-date information.

To read about the Great Sioux Nation and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Lakota/Dakota), whose sacred burial grounds are intersected by the pipeline*, visit our Native American Studies Research Guide to access resources. To learn more about the larger context of Indigenous peoples’ struggles to maintain sovereignty, cultural heritage and identity see the following:

Bruce Johansen, Resource Exploitation in Native North America: A Plague Upon the Peoples
Richard Grounds and George Tinker, eds. Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance
Jerome Greene, Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great Sioux War, 1976-1877
Marie McLaughlin, Myth and Legends of the Sioux 
Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks: The Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

You can explore strategies used by individuals, institutions and communities in their fight for protection of the environment via a number of books such as:

Leah Horowitz and Michael Watts, Grassroots Environmental Governance: Community Engagements with Industry
Bruce Jennings, Ecological Governance: Toward a New Social Contract with Earth

We hope these resources will be useful .The award will be given May 17, at 7:00pm at the DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.


*Ravitz, Jessica. “Sacred Land at the Center of the Dakota Pipeline Dispute.” CNN.

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