Water is Life and The Long Traditions of Indigenous Resistance

March 12, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
409 Tier Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba
173 Dafoe Rd W
MB R3T 2M9
Kyla Shead
(204) 474-8356
The Native Studies Department, Labour Studies Program and the Critical Environments Research Group Present
Nick Estes on
Water is Life and The Long Traditions of Indigenous Resistance

In the book, Our History is the Future, Lakota historian Nick Estes shows how two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming Mni Wiconi or “Water is Life.” This talk grounds the Lakota philosophy of “Mni Wiconi” into a place-based practice of resistance and theory of decolonization from the first Indigenous treaties with the nonhuman nations to the treaties with the United States.  According to Lakota interpretations, each treaty guaranteed the protection of nonhuman relations essential for Indigenous survival, such as the buffalo nation and water.

Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. For 2017-2018, Estes was the American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. His research engages colonialism and global Indigenous histories, with a focus on decolonization, environmental justice, anti-capitalism, and the Oceti Sakowin.