The large-scale protest around the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota offers an opportunity to make history relevant for students by exploring connections between the past and present. Below are a number of articles and teaching suggestions we found that provide context and historical perspective to the current protest. There has also been a lot of compelling coverage via social media — an engaging and comfortable platform for your digital native students.
Have you discussed or taught about the Standing Rock protest in your social studies classes? If so, we’d love to hear how you have done this and what resources you have found most useful. Please share on the MNHS History Education Facebook Page, the Northern Lights Teacher Closed Facebook Group, or tag @HistoryEdMNHS in a Tweet. Let’s have a dialogue!
- Helping Students Connect with Standing Rock by Teaching Tolerance
- Battle Over an Oil Pipeline: Teaching About the Standing Rock Sioux Protests by The New York Times
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Website
- The Standing Rock Resistance is Unprecedented (It’s Also Centuries Old) by NPR
- Broken Promises: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Cites History of Government Betrayal in Pipeline Fight by ABC News (includes video component)
- Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline by (Bill) Moyers & Company
- Indian Country Today
- The History and Culture of the Standing Rock Sioux Oyate by North Dakota Studies (Division of the State Historical Society of North Dakota)
- The Choices Program — Youth Activism and the Dakota Access Pipeline
On-the-ground reporting from Democracy Now
Short video from MSNBC by Lawrence O’Donnell