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Blue Like A River

Blue Like A River

Burning The Bridge Between Red And White At Standing Rock

From April 2016 to February 2017, the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline caught the attention of the world. Thousands gathered on the banks of the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, all to stand against the pipeline, prejudice, and police.

But was that what was really going on? Was it ever that simple?

This is the story of looking at what was behind the curtain, of finding the voices that were drowned out in the roar of the protest and letting them be heard. It is a chance to seek out and understand the protest through the eyes of people who experienced it far differently than the news media revealed. Through interviews, essays, photographs, maps, and timelines, you will learn about the relationship between Standing Rock and the surrounding communities both during and after those divisive and expensive ten months.

The Missouri River is broad, and so is what was left unsaid at the end of the Dakota Access pipeline protest.

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Supplemental material that serves as a companion to what is found in the book, material that could not fit in the book but still should be heard,as well as other thoughts on the protest and what it means, can be found on this blog.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Timeline

Protest Timeline

This timeline was built over a period of eight months, and contains nearly 1,000 items. Each item is linked to the source, including news articles, court documents, social media postings, and websites.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Original Site

On Christmas Day in 2016, I created a website to counteract the propaganda and inaccurate news that was coming from the protest to give community members something to read and share online. That site is archived and still available to read.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Gallery

Protest Gallery

This gallery is some of the many thousands of images I collected during the protest. It was surprising what people would post on social media. Many of these images are referenced in the book.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Book

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Purchase your copy of Blue Like A River: Burning The Bridge Between Red And White At Standing Rock here.

Background on who wrote this website, and why.

My name is Julie R. Neidlinger. I never used a fake name or photo on Facebook or elsewhere during the protest, nor did I pretend to be someone I was not. For that, I was doxed, harassed, and attacked online. I did not work for law enforcement, private security, or any oil company. I received no money from anyone, nor asked for any money, for any of what I did during the protest. I am simply a North Dakota citizen, from Bismarck, who was angry with the lies and propaganda that some protesters, leaders, and media put forth as truth to slander my state, our law enforcement, and the nature of what happened here. The protesters received all of the media attention and support, and, at best, the story most of the world knows is horribly one-sided. This website and accompanying materials are an attempt to fill in the gaps. This will remain online for the forseeable future, because it is important to document what happened here so it is not repeated in another community.