Book Release conversation with journalist and author Jacqueline Keeler
Join journalist and author Jacqueline Keeler in conversation with author Betsy Gaines Quammen about Jacqueline's new book, Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands.
Native young people and elders pray in sweat lodges at the Océti Sakówin camp, the North Dakota landscape outside blanketed in snow. In Oregon, white men and women in army surplus and western gear, some draped in the American flag, gather in the buildings of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The world witnessed two standoffs in 2016: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest against an oil pipeline in North Dakota and the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge led by the Bundy family. These events unfolded in vastly different ways, from media coverage to the reactions of law enforcement. In Standoff, Jacqueline Keeler examines these episodes as two sides of the same story that created America and its deep-rooted cultural conflicts.
The Bundy takeover of Oregon's Malheur Wildlife Refuge and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's standoff against an oil pipeline in North Dakota are two sides of the same story that created America and its deep-rooted cultural conflicts. Through a compelling comparison of conflicting beliefs and legal systems, Jacqueline Keeler explores whether the West has really been won—and for whom.
About the Author: Jacqueline Keeler is a Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is editor of the anthology Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears and has contributed to many publications including The Nation, Yes! magazine, and Salon.
"Eye-opening and compelling . . . required reading for those who would call this land home."
“Jacqueline Keeler weaves personal experience, cultural awareness, and journalistic acumen to tell a compelling story that compares and contrasts two modern and historic Western encounters between federal land policy and the people who inhabit these lands. ‘Whose land is it anyway?’ Keeler ultimately asks, and finding the answer is a task that requires deep reflection from all of us who share these magnificent vistas.”
—CHRIS LA TRAY, author of Becoming Little Shell