The #NoDAPL movement has sparked awareness around Native American land claims. Activists and media are focusing on the interests of tribes across the nation; North Dakota, Washington, and Utah are all areas where Indian Nations are struggling to assert rights “guaranteed” by old treaties.

Native Americans are partnering with environmentalists, pushing for sovereignty in the name of land preservation and climate change mitigation efforts. Governments are suggesting “co-management” situations. Is this the right solution? What do we owe Indigenous Peoples? Is reparations politically possible, or even ethically substantive?

“[P]rogressivism replicates the bedrock relations with indigenous nations marking the present status quo, its agenda can be seen as serving mainly to increase the degree of comfort experienced by those who benefit from such relations. Any such outcome represents a continuation and reinforcement of the existing order, not its repeal.”-Winston Churchill

Is the Dakota Access Pipe-line movement a turning point in the United State’s Federal Government’s relationship with natives peoples, or will it just be another instance where the government breaks promises sidelines the concerns of Native Americans? Is history doomed to repeat itself, again and now?

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