Events & Media


Panel Discussion

"Lessons from the Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Protest"

Helene Gardner, Professor, Environmental Studies, UCSB (Environmental Toxicology, Chemistry and Pollution)
Hahrie Han, Associate Professor, Political Science, UCSB (Environmental Politics)
Josh Simmons, Consultant / Attorney / Strategist, Prosper Sustainability

Mati Waiya, Executive Director, Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation

Hosted by Jim Salzman, Professor, Bren School

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
11:30 - 12:45
Bren Hall 1414

“Standing Rock was one of, if not the most publicized environmental justice issues this past year. I for one would like to learn more about the genesis of the protests, and how we as future environmental professionals can properly account for justice as well as lend meaningful support to disadvantaged groups.”

Bradley Bowers (MESM 2017), student representative, Dean's Academic Committee

Helene Gardner

Hahrie Han

Josh Simmons

Mati Waiya

Jim Salzman

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a $4 billion project designed to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Plans for the pipeline routed it beneath the Missouri River, the primary drinking water source for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The tribe has been opposing DAPL since 2014, but in fall 2016 the issue exploded onto the national media stage. Thousands of supporters camped at the construction site to protest and prevent further construction of the pipeline. Millions more supported the movement on social media. On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially called for a halt to construction. While this was celebrated as a victory for the protesters, many worry that the battle is far from over. The speakers will recount the events that unfolded at Standing Rock, explore lessons learned, and discuss the future of the dispute.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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