Against the Grain

Anti-Capitalism and Indigenous Resistance

The resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline galvanized a generation of activists. It involved hundreds of tribes and thousands of people, standing up against not just the companies that would pollute the region’s water, but to the militarized forces of the state. As Native historian Nick Estes argues, the No DAPL efforts brought into sharp focus both two centuries of native struggles and the complexity of anticapitalist and decolonial resistance today.


Nick Estes, Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance Verso, 2019

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