Looking to learn more about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the issues surrounding it, from tribal rights to the impacts of moving oil? Here's some recommended reading from Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes.

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

This book is still one of the best, most comprehensive and moving histories of the violent displacement of tribal nations from their lands in the West. The illustrated, commemorative edition is particularly special, it contains many historic photos.


Custer Died for your Sins

This is a depiction of U.S. history probably very different from whatever you learned in high school. Acerbic and deeply revealing.

About the DAPL protest

The Trump administration has advanced the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects. Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes and photographer Alan Berner traveled to North Dakota last year to cover the protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Here are recent stories to help you understand the conflict:  


North Dakota’s curriculum for high school students on the Standing Rock Tribe and its history

This website provides a comprehensive, informative, deeply and carefully sourced history of the Sioux and their lands from the 17th century to the present. Useful for any age level. The maps and graphics are particularly helpful in understanding the relentless reduction of the tribe’s land base by acts of Congress, renegotiations of the original Treaty of 1851, and flooding of the tribe’s best agricultural land by the Corps of Engineers to build a dam.


The history of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe

This website, created by the tribe, includes a deep account of the tribe’s history and struggle to survive as settlers and developers pushed West. Treaty documents are presented in their entirety.


The tribe’s website on the pipeline

This website is frequently updated with news about the tribe’s stand on the project and protest actions. The site includes helpful interactive maps of events since the protest camps were first set up beginning last April.


The developer’s website on the pipeline

This is Energy Transfer Partners’ web site and it provides a comprehensive overview of the project since its inception, and a useful FAQ. There are also maps of the pipeline in each of the four counties it crosses.


Magazine on Dakota Access Pipeline by Indian Country Today

Just published, this online magazine includes some reprints of works by others as well as original reports and commentary by Indian Country Today reporters in the field in North Dakota since last spring.


Permitting documents and FAQ by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This website includes an FAQ and links to permitting documents, include pipeline construction plans from the developer, and the Corps’ environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact.


FAQ by EarthJustice

This website, from the law firm representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, includes a useful FAQ on the court cases surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as links to court filings and decisions so far. The description by tribal archaeological experts as to what was destroyed by project construction can also be found here.


Inside Climate News

This news site won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for reporting on pipeline oil spills. Reporter Phil McKenna’s ongoing coverage on the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict is thorough and accessible. Useful links throughout.


Coverage in the Seattle Times


Editor’s note: Be sure to follow along on seattletimes.com as Seattle Times photojournalist Alan Berner and reporter Lynda V. Mapes visit North Dakota.