2016 Media

Sage Sisters raise funds for Dakota Access Pipeline protests

December 31, 2016

"The Sage Sisters of Solidarity [Indigenous Iowa's sister organization] cooked buffalo stew and Indian tacos made with traditional frybread... to raise money for the cause that brought them together -- resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline..."

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Stand for Iowa Rally

December 15, 2016

Christine Nobiss, founder ofIndigenous Iowa, spoke at a rally in Des Moines supporting the landowners and the Sierra Club as they fight the Iowa Utilities Board in court.

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Why is Standing Rock Important?

December 12, 2016

A public forum featuring the voices of Meskwaki and indigenous peoples who have been involved in, or traveled to Standing Rock, North Dakota to protect our water and block the Dakota Access pipeline. Participants discuss their experiences, their understanding of the issues, and how this might impact the lives of others.

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Raven Angel: She’s proud of her native kin at Standing Rock

December 9, 2016

Raven has attended several pipeline protests in this area, and she and her children carried protest banners with other Native Americans in the University of Iowa's homecoming parade. She still follows some of the old ways, knows prayers and songs in the Lakota language, and supports the message of her people.

Jordan Chariton with Christine Nobiss on NoDAPL Iowa

December 8, 2016

Christine Nobiss speaks to Jordan Chariton from The Young Turks about the NoDAPL movement in Iowa while caught in a blizzard at Standing Rock. She touches on the many finer points of the fight in Iowa.

Rectifying Injustice: The Purpose & Impact of Protesting in America

November 28, 2016

Ben Kieffer, from River to River, talks with Christine Nobiss, founder and co-chair of Indigenous Iowa, who joins the show live from the Standing Rock Reservation and Boone County Sheriff Gregg Elsberry among other experts on protests.

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Discussion on DAPL Pipeline at UIOWA met with Resitance

October 14, 2016

“They didn’t go through Bismarck because it’s a white town,” Nobiss said. “They went next to the reservation, because that’s what always happens.” [Christine] Nobiss said she is doing her best to advocate for the rights of indigenous people. “We’re trying to coalesce the native voice here,” she said. “The indigenous voice in Iowa needs to be heard about this pipeline because there are sacred sites here, too.”

Indigenous Peoples Day / NoDAPL Rally

October 10, 2016

A video from the University of Iowa Indigenous Peoples Day/NoDAPL rally. Dawson Davenport, Christine Nobiss, Jacki Rand and Tracy Peterson from Indigenous Iowa spoke.

UI Native American Students Speak About Columbus Day and Pipeline

October 10, 2016

Dawson Davenport, co-chair of the Native American Students Association says it's time to look at how we affect the world. "It's important to look at what we do as native people. By living off the land and by using nature," he said. "We have everything that we need provided by mother nature, and we don't need to destroy it."

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Dawson Davenport on: Near Standing Rock, pipeline protest meets a spiritual movement

October 8, 2016

“Once you’ve been there, it’s all you think about,” said Dawson Davenport, a 36-year-old University of Iowa student. Davenport, a member of the Meskwaki tribe in Tama, drove more than 10 hours to the North Dakota camp for a weekend in September. The gathering was unlike anything he’s ever seen before. It hurt to leave.

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The Season of Resistance, by Christine Nobiss

October 4, 2016

There are three “holidays” in particular that make this false representation particularity blatant: Columbus Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving. From the second Monday of October to the fourth Thursday in November, Native Americans are hammered with a barrage of racially offensive, culturally inappropriate and historically inaccurate inculcations.

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NoDAPL Pipeline Activists Meet to Discuss the Cause

September 27, 2016

“Make your voice heard. It’s one of the most important things that we have as citizens of this country, our right to be heard, our right to stand up for things,” - Dawson Davenport


“There are 14,000 Native Americans living in Iowa right now, and my goal is to get a collective voice together of these natives,” - Christine Nobiss

Your guide to understanding the Dakota Access Pipeline

September 22, 2016

With protests and actions in North Dakota and in the Iowa counties of Boone and Lee, advocates of First Nations, environmental activists and libertarian opponents of eminent domain have made their voices heard, and have united under a common banner in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Article featuring Christine Nobiss.

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Meet the Native Women at the Heart of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

September 13, 2016

Article written by Jen Deerinwater - women fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline share their experiences. Trisha Etringer recounts the Day of the Dogs where DAPL's security team unleashed guard dogs on Water Protectors on September 3, 2016. 

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UNI student, Waterloo native pepper-sprayed at pipeline protest

September 15, 2016

Etringer, who is pregnant, was pepper-sprayed as she stood with others blocking construction on land the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation has said is sacred. The tribe also is worried any leaks in the Dakota Access oil pipeline crossing the Missouri River would devastate the reservation’s only water source.

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Local protestors share story of violence at Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota

September 6, 2016

A peaceful protest over the Bakken Pipeline turned violent in North Dakota this weekend when protestors were attacked with pepper spray and dogs. 

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