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Protest and Dissent

Conflicting Spaces in Translation and Culture

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Edited By Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and Anna Warso

Essays collected in this book discuss textual and discursive formulations of dominance and resistance. The authors analyze how they are narrated and re-narrated, framed and reframed in different social, political and language communities and realities, through different media and means, and translated into different contexts and languages. As the ways we name, rename, or label events, people and places have implications in the real world, the essays are also meant to investigate the ways in which we partake in negotiating its construction, its changing meanings and senses through the stories we tell and the practices we live by.

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Indian Cultural Dissent in the US and Canada1

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Abstract: Throughout North American history indigenous people worked to retain their political rights and cultural identity. Their protests used three tactics. One, public demonstrations, two, getting national media attention, and three, legal actions. My discussion compares and contrasts the motivations, tactics, and results of native dissent in both countries.

Keywords: Native Americans, First Nations, indigenous rights, comparative actions, public protests

On January 24, 2017 newly-elected President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to proceed. (Jones, Diamond, and Krieg). Just over two weeks later, on February 7, he allowed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the project. (Harder and Mathews)This ended the most recent large public American Indian protest in the US. It began in early 2016 when the Engineers approved the petition of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners to move its pipeline away from Bismarck, North Dakota south across land near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. At the new location it would pass under the Missouri River and near old Indian burial grounds. Two months later in April 2016 Sioux leaders made a social media appeal for support from other tribes and environmental activists, and established Sacred Stone Camp to protest the pipeline’s threat to their water supply and the cemeteries. (Allard)

Next the tribe sued the Corps of Engineers trying to overturn its decision, but the court ruled against them. In September 2016 after workers used a bulldozer to dig up...

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