From early 2016 through February of 2017, the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota was ground zero for a contentious protest over one of the basic necessities of life is water. The Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL, was planned through the lands of the reservation. As protestors claimed, the construction threatened not only the sovereignty of the sacred land, it threatened the very quality of water.
The year-long battle is chronicled in a new exhibit at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture: “Beyond Standing Rock”. The exhibit focuses heavily on the events leading up to the DAPL construction and experiences of many who were there on the protest lines. The show also highlights other examples of similar encroachments and violations of Native American sovereignty, many of which have and still are impacting Native health and sacred lands.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture serves as a center of stewardship, knowledge and understanding of the artistic, cultural and intellectual achievements of the diverse peoples of the Native Southwest. They are located on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.