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Our History Is the Future

Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance
Written by: Nick Estes
Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming "Water is life".

In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the 21st century. Water Protectors knew this battle for native sovereignty had already been fought many times before, and that, even after the encampment was gone, their anti-colonial struggle would continue. In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance.

©2019 Nick Estes (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Adrian Lambrinos
  • 2020-06-23

Excellent review of Native resistance

Estes has long been a voice for his people’s struggle against imperialism in the US against native people. This book takes a look through the lens of a long history of native resistance against the US governments campaign against The Standing Rock people from the era of colonialism, to Custer, to the #nodapl movement. Thorough and bold. Highly recommend

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  • books285
  • 2019-08-22

Captivating

Estes does a great job providing context in a captivating, storytelling form. I already shared the book with family.

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  • Stacy
  • 2019-07-23

Captivating..

This story gives a horrifying look into the past, the present and the future. Told with style and with the respect deserved by the people who were the subjects of this content. Well done and I would definitely recommend!

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  • Carlton E Williams
  • 2019-06-30

Rules for Indigenous Radicals


This is a must read for anyone trying to be about that anti settler colonial life.