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Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Native American Perspectives: Home

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The Ethnic Studies Library recognizes that Berkeley sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California Berkeley more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.  


This guide is to provide Native American perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,200 mile oil pipeline to be 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 Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline since first learning about the plans for the pipeline in 2014. Protests against the pipeline began with tribal members and more people and organizations are joining the effort. This guide is not meant to be comprehensive but will be updated as we discover more sources. 

Solidarity with Standing Rock by Jesus Barraza an activist printmaker based in San Leandro, California.

Native American Studies Librarian

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Melissa Stoner
Ethnic Studies Library
30 Stephens Hall #2360
Berkeley, CA 94720-2360