Indigenous peoples and communities have long used stories to understand the world and our place in it. Seedcast is a story-centered podcast by Nia Tero and a special monthly column produced in partnership with the South Seattle Emerald about nurturing and rooting stories of the Indigenous experience.
We are living through some of the most historic events in the short history of the United States right now, and there’s a question I can’t shake: how does the reaction of law enforcement to the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, compare to the reaction of law enforcement to Indigenous-led protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline or Standing Rock? We’re spending the first part of 2021 deep in planning for our next set of Seedcast episodes, so here is a separate conversation I had with community steward/organizer and father Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) about his take on last week’s insurgency, his assessment of the inequalities laid bare, and our hopes and responsibilities in the wake of it. We got to know each other while working on the campaign to get Wells Fargo to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Matt is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was a local Seattle leader in that campaign.
I did not journey across the country to learn anything, I ventured to stand in solidarity with our Native relatives, but while I was at Standing Rock in the Oceti Sakowin Camp, I was taught and learned much. One of the first things I learned was how vast the camp is. I do not know what I thought I would see, but I was not expecting an entire valley filled with tents, teepees, campers, vehicles and people.Continue reading Reflections from My Time at Standing Rock→
Over the past few weeks, people have come to me asking what they should do in the face of distress. I’ve listened to a sea of community members talk about being trapped in a state of limbo, though desperately wanting to act.Continue reading Action Items for Those at a Loss→
Alex Garland is a freelance photojournalist in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and frequently publishes his photos in the South Seattle Emerald. He recently returned from his second trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota where the struggle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline has galvanized sustained resistance among Native American tribes. Many of the water protectors have had pepper spray and water hoses deployed on them. Garland, who usually lets his photos to do the talking, agreed to a Q&A about his time interviewing over fifty protectors at the Standing Rock encampment.Continue reading Beacon Hill Photojournalist Returns From Standing Rock With Tales of Steadfast Resistance→
UPDATE (10/05/16, 7:31pm): John L. Little, the assistant curator & research team leader at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, confirmed with us in an email Oct. 5 that “injecting vegetable oil into an airplane’s hot exhaust flow is done all the time at air shows.” White smoke is produced by many types of vegetable oil, but primarily Canopus oil. An agricultural airplane could easily do this, “but doing so to compensate for an inoperative radio is definitely not a standard procedure in aviation.”
UPDATE (10/01/16, 2:30pm): South Seattle Emerald was informed by one of our freelance photographers that Long Range Acoustic Devices — used to create high-pitched noise for crowd control — were used by law enforcement on the protectors as they prayed by the pipeline.
Thursday afternoon, the South Seattle Emerald received a call from Jennifer Fuentes – one of the protectors who traveled from Seattle to North Dakota to stand against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.