Category Archives: environment

Water People Unite: Reflections on Ice

Share Tweet Google Plus Driving up highway 13 the other night, just north of Washburn, WI, you might have seen a strange sight if you looked through the willow and dogwood and cattails and reeds towards the beach. Weird lighted letters were dancing down the coast, lining up on the sand bar where the Sioux … Continue reading Water People Unite: Reflections on Ice

Listen More & Talk Less: A Veteran’s Reflection on Standing Rock

Share Tweet Google Plus Editor’s Note: OLB invited writer, veteran and medic Jacob Thomas to reflect on his experience at Standing Rock in early December, 2016. He sent this manuscript en route from Tijuana, MX, where he is working to document deported veterans’ oral histories for the Library of Congress. For more information on this oral … Continue reading Listen More & Talk Less: A Veteran’s Reflection on Standing Rock

A Year of Water and Indigenous Struggle

Share Tweet Google Plus This has been a year of intense activism focused upon water and indigenous rights in general, and we at the Overpass Light Brigade have tried to use our visibility to give focus to these issues. Last January hit hard and cold and the freezing weather was a match for the frozen … Continue reading A Year of Water and Indigenous Struggle

The Long Knives and the Seven Fires

Share Tweet Google Plus Overpass Light Brigade invited Margaret Noodin, an Anishinaabe poet, to write a piece about the struggle at Standing Rock for this blog. This is what she has to say: This poem was written in the midst of the historic show of support for land, water and indigenous life and culture. We all … Continue reading The Long Knives and the Seven Fires

News From the Sacred Fire

Share Tweet Google Plus Writing and above photo by Barbara With Today, Chief Arvol Looking Horse held a ceremony around the sacred fire. The purpose was to hear a report from the UN representatives who have been investigating the allegations of human rights abuses and to bless the belongings of the people who had been … Continue reading News From the Sacred Fire

Standing Rock Will Prevail

Share Tweet Google Plus By Barbara With, October 29, 2016 All photos by Barbara With, except “Boys On Horses,” by Joe Brusky Today I made my first visit to the Sacred Stone Camps, the now-famous water protector settlement in Standing Rock, North Dakota. I arrived at Standing Rock casino well past midnight and arose early the next … Continue reading Standing Rock Will Prevail

Echoes of the Ghost Dance

Share Tweet Google Plus Memory is long in Indian Country and histories get obscured through the haze of stories untold or skewed in the telling. By the late 1800s, the nomadic Sioux had been relegated to 320 acre plots, their children sent to boarding schools for assimilation into Christendom, and the great buffalo herds all … Continue reading Echoes of the Ghost Dance

Madison City Council Passes Resolution Expressing Solidarity with Resistance Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Share Tweet Google Plus The Madison City Council unanimously passed a resolution expressing solidarity with Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday night. “WHEREAS, the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would carry as many as 570,000 barrels of fracked crude oil per day for more than 1,100 miles from the Bakken oil fields of … Continue reading Madison City Council Passes Resolution Expressing Solidarity with Resistance Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Sacred Stone and Peaceful Resistance

Share Tweet Google Plus Since our visit to Sacred Stone Camp, we have been highlighting news and pictures of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance fight on our Facebook page and in this blog. People are obviously hungry for news about this movement, but we were surprised to see our “total reach,” a barometer of Facebook’s … Continue reading Sacred Stone and Peaceful Resistance

Drone To Be Wild

Share Tweet Google Plus It was horsemanship day at the Red Warrior Camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and we had set ourselves up in the minimal shade of a small break of willow trees. It was the only shade around, and people drifted in to watch the riding events, joining us away from the … Continue reading Drone To Be Wild