A professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Nick Estes has written one of the first accounts of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, and the galvanizing Indigenous response there in his powerful book, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso).
“Embedded in the centuries-long struggle for Indigenous liberation resides our best hope for a safe and just future for everyone on this planet. Few events embody that truth as clearly as the resistance at Standing Rock, and the many deep currents that converged there. In this powerful blend of personal and historical narrative, Nick Estes skillfully weaves together transformative stories of resistance from these front lines, never losing sight of their enormous stakes. A major contribution.” —Naomi Klein.
“When state violence against peaceful protest at Standing Rock became part of the national consciousness, many noticed Native people for the first time—again. Our History Is the Future is necessary reading, documenting how Native resistance is met with settler erasure: an outcome shaped by land, resources, and the juggernaut of capitalism. Estes has written a powerful history of Seven Fires resolve that demonstrates how Standing Rock is the outcome of history and the beginning of the future.” —Louise Erdrich.
This event is part of Red May, a month-long festival of radical art and thought. Our motto is: take a vacation from capitalism.
Co-presented with RED MAY. Find this year’s complete RED MAY schedule here.