Events at Standing Rock - from April 2016 to February 2017 - altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous centered leadership. Join co-founders of the first encampment of Water Protectors, organizers of non-violent direct actions, and members of the camp’s press corps for three panel discussions about the future and importance of ideas and events that emerged from Oceti Sakowin.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, and seating is available on on a first-come, first-served basis.
Water is Life is presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the American Indian & Indigenous Collective, the American Indian Student Association, the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and has benefitted from the generous support of the following co-sponsors: the American Indian Graduate Student Association, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Art, the Department of Asian American Studies, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, the Comparative Literature Program, the Department of English, the Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Feminist Studies, the Feminist Studies Hull Chair, the Department of Film & Media Studies, the Film & Media Studies Walker research fund, the Department of French & Italian, the Department of German & Slavic Studies, the German & Slavic Studies Weber research fund, the Department of History, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, the LGBTQ Studies Minor, the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Lupi research fund and the UCSB Faculty Association.
Paula Antoine, Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud Sioux Reservation, is a mother and grandmother. In 2014, working with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as the Director of the Sicangu Oyate Land Office and Chairperson of Shielding the People, she co-founded the Rosebud Spirit Camp in opposition to the planned Keystone XL pipeline. Since she was known as an intervener in both the KXL and Dakota Access Pipeline issues at the South Dakota Public Utilities, members of the affected community reached out to her for assistance in organizational efforts on Standing Rock, and in 2016 she was appointed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Council as an organizer of the Sicangu efforts there as well. While involved with the Oceti Sakowin Camp, Antoine participated in the Women's Council and provided advice and operational assistance on the ground with different aspects of the camp. In the efforts to protect Mother Earth, she has led several successful media strategies for both environmental campaigns.
John Bigelow, a Hunkpapa Lakota and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, worked in Oceti Sakowin Camp for almost seven months until law enforcement cleared the camps. Shortly after arriving in camp, he was granted permission to use the Oceti Sakowin Camp name to create the website and media team to carry the message from the camp to the mainstream world. Bigelow is a published writer. Before arriving in camp, he owned many businesses in the media and green energy industries.
Joye Braun is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and an Indigenous Environmental Network community organizer. As one of the first persons to camp at Standing Rock, she helped grassroots members of Standing Rock organize their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A veteran pipeline fighter and water protector, she has worked on the tribal, regional, and national strategies fighting the Keystone XL pipeline and continues to help organize to protect tribal lands through water protection and treaty rights fights.
Jasilyn Charger is a Cheyenne River Sioux and one of the first five people to camp at Standing Rock. She helped found the International Indigenous Youth Council.
Terrell Iron Shell
Terrell is Oglala Lakota and Eastern Band Cherokee from Rapid City SD. At 23, he was an important leader at Standing Rock. He helped to found the International Indigenous Youth Council in Standing Rock, which is dedicated to empowering youth to become leaders in their communities. He acted as a Nonviolent Direct Action trainer in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline before its resurrection. He led the “silent march” that brought water to the police on a blockaded bridge.
Mark Tilsen is an Oglala Lakota poet and educator from Porcupine, South Dakota. He served as a non-violent direct action trainer and police liaison at Standing Rock from August to December. He acted as a strategist for the camps and now aids the movement by encouraging municipalities and tribes to divest out of banks that fund DAPL.
Todd Darling is an independent documentary filmmaker with an MFA from UCLA. He has spent several months at Standing Rock since September 2016. Darling directed and produced the acclaimed feature documentary Occupy the Farm (2014) among other documentary features and shorts. He won the Eric Sevareid Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his first nationally broadcast documentary, Año Nuevo (1981). He has also worked on the broadcast of five Olympic Games. As a Director of Photography he has shot programs for the BBC, USA, Discovery Channel, and TLC. Prior to film and television, Darling worked as a freelance journalist covering stories in Europe, the US and Mexico.
Claudio Fogu is Associate professor of Italian Studies at UCSB and works on Italian cultural history and memory, with an emphasis on film and visual culture. He is the author of The Historic Imaginary. Politics of History in Fascist Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2003), and co-editor of The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe (Duke UP, 2006), and Probing the Ethics of Holocaust Culture (Harvard UP, 2016). He is also a member of the activist-scholarly network Storie in movimento and co-founder of its digital journal for the history of social conflict, ZapruderWorld, of which he is co-editing a forthcoming volume on “Performing Race.”
Janet Walker, Professor and Chair, Department of Film and Media Studies
Janet Walker is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is also affiliated with Feminist Studies and the Environmental Media Initiative of the Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media. Reflecting her scholarly specializations, her books as author or (co)editor include Feminism and Documentary (co-edited with Diane Waldman, Minnesota University Press, 1999); Westerns: Films through History (Routledge, 2001); Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (University of California Press, 2005), Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering (with Bhaskar Sarkar, Routledge, 2010), and most recently, Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (with Nicole Starosielski, Routledge, 2016). The recipient of awards for teaching and research, and professionally active national and internationally, Walker is also the co-leader of several campus initiatives: “Figuring Sea Level Rise,” the 2012-2013 theme of the UC Santa Barbara’s Critical Issues in America initiative and Climate Justice Futures: Movements, Gender, and Media,” a 2014-2015 Crossroads project. Her current project is a book about mapping, media, and environment.
For more information, contact Claudio Fogu (email@example.com; 310-309-9097)