Blue Like A River: Burning The Bridge Between Red And White At Standing Rock

This book is about the protest against the Dakota Access pipeline that occurred between April 2016 and February 2017 in North Dakota.

This 446-page softcover book is printed in full color inside.

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What This Book Is About My goal with this was to address some of the troubling aspects that came out of this protest, as well as provide information and facts that weren't commonly known by many people who only knew of the protest based on various media sources. Since the story of the protesters and their camp life was constantly promoted by media, this book takes a different approach, and tells the stories of people in the community who were directly affected by this protest who didn't get a chance to speak. What you read will shock you.

The book is the story of figuring out the story, and uses essays and interviews to illustrate how I tried to better understand what had really happened and what it meant for the people who live in the area near the protest as …

Book: Standing With Standing Rock: Voices of the #NODAPL Movement

The University of Minnesota Press recently (2019) published a book featuring many involved in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. That book is detailed/available here.

It is prophecy. A Black Snake will spread itself across the land, bringing destruction while uniting Indigenous nations. The Dakota Access Pipeline is the Black Snake, crossing the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The oil pipeline united communities along its path—from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois—and galvanized a twenty-first-century Indigenous resistance movement marching under the banner Mni Wiconi—Water Is Life! Standing Rock youth issued a call, and millions around the world and thousands of Water Protectors from more than three hundred Native nations answered. Amid the movement to protect the land and the water that millions depend on for life, the Oceti Sakowin (the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota people) reunited. A nation was reborn with renewed power to prot…

Standing Rock Water Protector Ideology vs Reality

I've been sitting on this one for a long time. For anyone following the aftermath of the Dakota Access pipeline protest, the post I'll be linking and talking about today has been common knowledge and widely shared. Still, it's worth talking about (and saving an offline copy, should it ever disappear).

In the Jordan Peterson reddit, a young man who had been active in the protest revealed some startling things about what was really going on in the protest camps. There is so much that could be said about what he wrote. Please go and read the whole thing yourself, as well as the responses to it.

The author of the post said he spent about a year in Standing Rock, and then an additional nine months traveling the activist circuit afterwards. He starts by describing his arrival, and what could be deemed a kind of brainwashing that was given the name of "orientation."

"When I first arrived at the camps in Standing Rock, like all new people I was told to go to the dail…

Running Post: Book reviews by people who haven't read the book, and other various threats.

I figured I ought to write a post like this so I have a resting place for all of the "reviews" and threats of people who haven't read the book. This post will be updated as I'm motivated to share these little joys with you.

Regarding the book, these folks all seem most concerned about:

My white skin.That I am making huge money off of "their" event.That I mentioned their name and I will be sued for doing so.That I'm pretending I was on the front lines and am lying about such things.That they think I hate Native American [women] and want harm to come to them.
A couple of things.

Sunblock. Huge fan of it. Can't lie.Nope, not at all. And I've actually given about 20 percent away to someone just to help them. And, for the record regarding the "ownership" of the Dakota Access event, it wasn't just the protester's event. Lots of people, communities, and other people's money were involved. We all have an experience, and the right to …

Surprise: The City of Seattle actually didn't divest from Wells Fargo.

The City of Seattle, most recently making the news for putting a "head tax" on large corporations against the wishes of their own Chamber of Commerce, has a quiet little news flash for you: they didn't divest from Wells Fargo.

An entire essay in the book is devoted to the concept and realities of the Dakota Access protesters demanding divestment from banks and any organization or corporation associated with the pipeline. That the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 in February 2017 to end their relationship with Wells Fargo was seen as a huge activist victory. Much attention was given to this event online.

Funny how not much fanfare and equal attention was given to the current reality, which occurred the second week of May 2018:

That cherry headline is from a May 14, 2018 article in the Seattle Times.

Considering some of the activist moves the city has made, including the employee "head tax" (which sounds like humans are cattle), this quote from a council member at …

High Country News Report: "Cashing In On Standing Rock"

In the book, I talk about the millions of dollars protesters pulled in for the NoDAPL protest, and the clear evidence of scams that even protesters themselves eventually came to recognize. Of particular note was the veterans movement, Michael Wood, and Wesley Clark, Jr.

Clark responded to my query and his response is included in the book. I spoke with a man regarding Wood and the possibility of where the money went that was supposed to go to the veterans.

There is an interesting April 13, 2018 article (cover story, in fact) in High Country News entitled "Cashing in on Standing Rock." HCN also created a detailed spreadsheet of what they found on Go Fund Me. They came up with 225 different fundraising accounts that raised more than $3,000, ultimately totalling $7,457,123.

Keep in mind, as I pointed out in the book, that that is not all of the money raised. Many protesters had individual PayPal accounts, and other crowd funding sources.

I haven't had a chance to go through …