Beyond Standing Rock
Watch the story behind the government dam that created Lake Oahe.
A new video series from Reveal spotlights indigenous peoples’ struggles with the dams, highways, and pipelines that invaded their land.
In one video, Candace Ducheneaux remembers life before Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River that formed after Oahe Dam was completed in 1958. “The bulk of the lands that were inundated by the floodwaters were Indian lands,” she says. One thing lost under the newly formed lake: her childhood home.
Oil now flows through the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe, a source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux.
Don’t miss the rest of Reveal’s series, which brings us the stories of:
- The youth who ran Standing Rock’s fight against DAPL into the national spotlight — and were then shunted to the side.
- The middle-of-the-night freeway construction that plowed through Pomo sacred sites in California.
- Fort McKay First Nation in Canada, which went into business with encroaching oil companies and continues to pay the environmental costs.