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Through the unique lens of “Indigenized environmental justice,” Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle. As Long As Grass Grows gives readers an accessible history of Indigenous resistance to government and corporate incursions on their lands and offers new approaches to environmental justice activism and policy.
Throughout 2016, the Standing Rock protest put a national spotlight on Indigenous activists, but it also underscored how little Americans know about the longtime historical tensions between Native peoples and the mainstream environmental movement. Ultimately, she argues, modern environmentalists must look to the history of Indigenous resistance for wisdom and inspiration in our common fight for a just and sustainable future.
Table of Contents
The Standing Rock Saga
Environmental Justice Theory and Its Limitations for Indigenous Peoples
Genocide by Any Other Name
A History of Indigenous Environmental Injustice
The Complicated Legacy of Western Expansion and the Industrial Revolution
Food Is Medicine, Water Is Life
American Indian Health and the Environment
(Not So) Strange Bedfellows
Indian Country’s Ambivalent Relationship with the Environmental Movement
Hearts Not on the Ground
Indigenous Women’s Leadership and More Cultural Clashes
Sacred Sites and Environmental Justice
Ways Forward for Environmental Justice in Indian Country
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