A water protector from the Oceti Sakowun Camp at Standing Rock (photo by Avery White)

Over the past year, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline spearheaded by native activists and water protectors at Standing Rock have focused international attention on environmental and lands rights issues facing indigenous communities. A construction delay issued last November by the Army Corps of Engineers was tentatively seen as a victory, only to be thwarted as the new administration chose to press ahead, leading to numerous arrests and the clearing of the protest camp.

Tonight, the Hammer Museum is hosting the panel discussion Standing Tall for Tribal Rights, held in conjunction with the current retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham, an artist with a long connection to Native American struggles. Moderated by journalist, filmmaker, and radio host Ian Masters, the talk features UCLA law professors Carole Goldberg and Angela R. Riley in conversation with activist Melanie K. Yazzie, founder of The Red Nation, a group that aims to “center Native political agendas and struggles through direct action, advocacy, mobilization, and education.”

When: Wednesday, March 1, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)

More info here.

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.