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Published on Oct 13, 2015
In the Bakken Formation of North Dakota the oil industry’s frantic extraction has violently exploited nature and people – especially on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation in what has become a drilling/fracking sacrifice zone. For Mossett (Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara) of the Indigenous Environmental Network, this violence has come at a personal cost. Several acquaintances, as well as her dear friend Cassi, lost their lives to reckless transport truck drivers, poisoned water, soil and air, and rampant drug abuse and crime. There’s little or no accountability, leaving many residents no other option than to relocate. But Mosset is fighting back, from the local to the United Nations, garnering social, political and legal momentum, and winning victories for hers and future generations.
This speech took place at the 2014 Indigenous Forum, co-produced with the Cultural Conservatory, at the National Bioneers Conference.
Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.
To experience talks like this, please join us at the Bioneers National Conference each October, and regional Bioneers Resilient Community Network gatherings held nationwide throughout the year.