THE MOST SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENT BETWEEN THE INDIGENOUS WAY OF LIFE AND THE ENERGY INDUSTRY TOOK PLACE IN NORTH DAKOTA.

WE WERE THERE

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) controversy has divided our community, marking an age-old clash of values, and drawing generations of economic tensions and cultural prejudices to the surface.

As the pipeline resistance and water protector movement dragged on, tensions raised in Standing Rock and North Dakota communities. This strain between and animosity between individuals and governments grew out of frustrations due to the DAPL resistance and misinformation of the movement. Many local North Dakotans have little, or often inaccurate, information about the events that took shook the community and their significance.

While the people of Standing Rock emerged as global leaders in the struggle for environmental justice, Indigenous people have become the target of increased social and economic injustice close to home.

In one example - following the NO-DAPL movement, some North Dakotans have leveled an unspoken boycott of Prairie Knights Casino, a predominant funding source for Standing Rock programs, resulting in massive cuts to senior and youth services. Yet Standing Rock has changed - and inspired - the world.

For the first time in human history, significant numbers of Non-Native North Dakotans and people from across the planet have risen up in solidarity with Native people, understanding that our mutual well-being and survival are at stake. 

This film will provide a perspective of this controversial movement told from Dakota Territory filmmakers who were there. 


This is the first North Dakota-made feature-length documentary film 
about the Standing Rock Water Protector NO-DAPL movement.