The election of Donald Trump has left many people asking where can we find hope. But it’s the wrong question. We don’t find hope, we make it.
One shining example is the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline—the “black snake”—from destroying sacred sites and threatening their source of clean water. The outpouring of solidarity from other Indigenous people, climate activists, clergy, labor activists, veterans—and teachers—has been remarkable. And pushed by this activism, the Army Corps of Engineers has blocked the pipeline’s completion—at least for now.
The Zinn Education Project has just posted “Standing with Standing Rock: A Role Play on the Dakota Access Pipeline,” a teaching article by Portland, Oregon-area high school teacher Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, along with all the role play materials, written by Wolfe-Rocca, her colleague Andrew Duden, and Zinn Education Project co-director Bill Bigelow.
The teaching activities help students grasp the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux for recognition of their treaty rights and for clean water for all. Please download these and share them widely.