Wisconsin Water Library

Clean Water and Tribal Rights

The ongoing protest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline reminds us of many similar conflicts. These battles sit at the intersection of many issues — Native American land rights, water rights, extraction industry growth, fossil fuels usage, economic growth, tension between land tenure and land improvements, and spiritual beliefs.

The Wisconsin Water Library has many books in its collection to help think through these complex issues. Search for these titles and more at waterlibrary.aqua.wisc.edu.

All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life
By Winona LaDuke. Cambridge, MA.: South End Press, 1999.
Native environmental activist LaDuke writes a thoughtful and in-depth account of native resistance to environmental and cultural degradation including chapters on the challenges faced by the Seminoles, the Anishinaabeg, the Innu, the Northern Cheyenne, the Mohawks and others. 

American Indian Environmental Ethics: an Ojibwa Case Study
By J. Baird Callicott and Michael P. Nelson.  Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004.
To illustrate the environmental ethic of the Ojibwa, this book focuses on the Ojibwa narrative, myths, legends, stories and rituals. This examination demonstrates the worldview of the group, their social inclusiveness and their ethical commitments.

Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Edited by Jace Weaver, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1996.
This series of essays brings together native voices to address environmental issues as they affect indigenous peoples throughout the Americas. The essays document a range of ecological problems, including the effects of mining, water pollution, nuclear power facilities and toxic waste dumps.

Water Consciousness: how we all have to change to protect our most critical resource
Edited by Tara Lohan. San Francisco, CA: AlterNet Books, 2008.
Compelling contributions by Bill McKibben, Maude Barlow, Vandana Shiva, Wenonah Hauter, Sandra Postel, Tony Clarke and other top environmental writers explore all aspects of the water crisis and inspire readers to action. This book includes essays on privatization, bottled water, conservation, appropriate technology, lessons from indigenous cultures and an argument for the need for new public policy on the right to water.

Please visit the Water Library at http://waterlibrary.aqua.wisc.edu for more information.

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