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Native young people and elders pray in sweat lodges at the Océti Sakówin camp, the North Dakota landscape outside blanketed in snow. In Oregon, white men and women in army surplus and western gear, some draped in the American flag, gather in the buildings of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The world witnessed two standoffs in 2016: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge led by the Bundy family. These events unfolded in vastly different ways, from media coverage to the reactions of law enforcement. In Standoff, Jacqueline Keeler examines these episodes as two sides of the same story that created America and its deep-rooted cultural conflicts.
A long-needed new perspective on indigenous land rights and the historically entrenched cultural battles between Native peoples and settlers.
Interest in this subject is growing due to the Trump administration's attack on public lands including the new Bears Ears National Monument, which is supported by thirty Native tribes.
JACQUELINE KEELER is a Dine/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is editor of the anthology Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears and has contributed to many publications including The Nation, Yes! magazine, and Salon. Founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry and #NotYourMascot, Keeler is a well-known spokesperson on Native American identity and land issues and has been interviewed on MSNBC and BBC World.
"Jacqueline Keeler, a master storyteller and reporter, crafts a knotty skein, twining together family traditions, Native and colonial histories, personal experiences, and crackerjack journalism." --BETSY GAINES QUAMMEN, author of American Zion
"Standoff has the potential to launch a trend of orderly and pertinent analysis of the societal, cultural and structural issues that provide the context within which today's Indian Movement(s) operate and presents a challenge to Indian people whether we continue to play the game of accepting our 'place' in America or define who we are and what we want to be." -- SAM DELORIA, law professor emeritus, University of New Mexico.