Members of the Indiana University community and Bloomington residents alike gathered at IU’s First Nations Educational and Cultural Center (FNECC) to discuss the No Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL) movement Tuesday evening. Nicholas Belle, director of the FNECC, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), explained the significance of the talk.
“We wanted to host a discussion at the FNECC to talk about all that’s happening at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The protests, the efforts of the water protectors, and their interactions with the military and police are really at the forefront of what’s going on in contemporary Native communities,” said Belle.
“Another part of this is it’s not being covered in mainstream media. As we’re talking to people on campus and in the community, we realize that there aren’t a lot of people who know about what’s going on, unless they’re actually looking for it or are already interested in the subject.”