Black Snake is the story of four leaders—LaDonna Allard, Jasilyn Charger, Lisa DeVille, and Kandi White—and their fight against the pipeline. It is the story of Native nations combating environmental injustice and longtime discrimination and rebuilding their communities. It is the story of a new generation of environmental activists, galvanized at Standing Rock, becoming the protectors of America’s natural resources.
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.
Pekka Hӓmӓlӓinen, author of Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power
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
Victor Pate spent almost two years in solitary confinement in New York prisons, off and on. Once, he said, he was isolat...May 02, 2017 No comment
This article advocates for the decriminalization of sex work and examines the effects of the practice by police of using...May 24, 2013 No comment
Although laws against sodomy violate international law 1 and have myriad negative health effects, including impeded acce...July 20, 2012 No comment
HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan African prisons has been estimated at two to 50 times that of non-prison populations , ...May 08, 2012 No comment
Globally, over 1 million children in conflict with the law are in detention, yet little research, particularly from Afri...December 01, 2011 No comment
I met Hellene in a Ugandan prison. She was 16 years old and living in rural Uganda when she was raped, leaving her pregn...August 04, 2011 No comment
The healthcare needs and general experience of women in detention in sub-Saharan Africa are rarely studied and poorly un...June 01, 2011 No comment
Although HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevalence are high in prisons throughout sub-Saharan Africa, little research has bee...February 11, 2011 No comment
High rates of pre-trial detention and extreme prison overcrowding are closely linked to poor health--and particularly to...October 15, 2010 No comment
Worldwide, far more people migrate within than across borders, and although internal migrants do not risk a loss of citi...November 19, 2009 No comment
While international human rights law establishes the right to health and non-discrimination, few countries have realized...January 14, 2009 No comment
Among the earliest and the most enduring responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been the imposition by governments of en...December 16, 2008 No comment