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Native activists named it the “black snake,” referring to an ancient prophecy about a terrible snake that would one day devour the earth. The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline made headlines around the world in 2016.
An Epic Environmental Drama
A Necessary Book
Black Snake is a necessary book, something that Indigenous history needs right now; it is an absorbing story of Native American resilience, protest, and agency. It is a book that should be on reading lists across the United States and beyond.
An Important History
Black Snake draws on firsthand interviews to tell an important history from the perspective of those who lived it. Thank you for this book.
Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota Civil Rights Activist
A Dramatic Illustration
Todrys tells the story of the people in this fight, of their heartening advances and demoralizing setbacks, in a textured, personal way that brings to life their mistreatment and their inspiring response. This book is a dramatic illustration of how to stand up to powerful interests that are long used to simply casting aside the people in their way.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch
Katherine Todrys has written an important book. For all of us who have been rooting for Native Americans in their fight to stop the building of oil pipelines across Native lands and important ecological landscapes, it is a welcomed history. Black Snake is not only exhaustively researched but also masterfully written. It is a must-read for grasping the history of Native Americans’ tragic relationship with the U.S. government and out-of-control capitalism.
Dan O’Brien, author of Great Plains Bison