I traveled to Standing Rock on December 1st for a week to cover the veteran’s deployment to the encampments aiming to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. It was an extraordinary week of reporting, during which a group of other reporters and I, as well as many of the veterans, were stuck onsite during a brutal blizzard and hundreds more slept on the floor at a nearby hotel. I spoke a bit about my trip and the dangerous conditions on the Marc Steiner radio show.
I’m planning to go back to Standing Rock and am looking for collaborators on a documentary work, likely audio but possibly video. In the meantime, I’m offering two tracks from my hours of tape for public use/under Creative Commons. I’m particularly hoping there are ways some smaller public radio stations might use the material. I’m also attaching transcripts.
On tape: Drum and voice performance by Che Jim (Dine (Navajo)) and Giovanni Sanchez (from Pennsylvania but ethnically indigenous Mexican (Mexica)). After the performance they speak in more spiritual and transformational terms about Standing Rock. In the interview-only second audio link they speak more about movement-building and also the role of the arts. They gave explicit permission for me to share this audio.
Healing Arrows Indigenous Social Justice & Wellness
He writes: “The mission of Healing Arrows for Indigenous Social Justice and Wellness is to advocate, promote and educate on issues of social justice for Indigenous Peoples and to educate wellness approaches to healing and health.”
performance and intvu
interview-only, about the broader movement