From frontline battles with police to life inside the camp where the unprecedented movement began, Splinter has been covering the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline since August 2016. In a series of character-driven features, animated and hosted explainers, breaking news videos, and Facebook lives, Splinter has been documenting this historic gathering of tribal nations and showcasing their long-neglected perspectives. Our coverage has included interviews with Native activists like Nantinki Young, a volunteer chef cooking for thousands; Native youth who have become leaders in the fight; and military veteran allies who have joined up in solidarity.
As one of the first national media organizations to have video journalists on the ground in North Dakota, Splinter continues to show that this moment and movement are much, much bigger than just a fight for clean water.
In November 2016, Jorge Rivas traveled to Standing Rock to meet native activists who’ve spent months fighting for their land and their history.
Activists at Standing Rock tell us about Thanksgiving in their own words.
Dallas Goldtooth explains how it feels like to be “seen as trespassers on our own land” and persecuted for protecting land that was stolen from Native people.
Standing Rock wasn’t the first time indigenous communities came together to protect their land and water. Native American journalist and activist Julian Brave NoiseCat breaks down the history of Red Power in the United States.