Indigenous Beats: Art of the DAPL Resistance

by Katie McCleary (Staff Columnist, Apsáalooke/Chippewa-Cree)

On Friday, September 9th, Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request for an injunction to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath the Missouri River. After Judge Boasberg’s decision, three government agencies – the U.S. Department of the Interior, Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers – issued a joint statement temporarily halting pipeline constructions bordering Lake Oahe and suggests reform of Native input on such infrastructure projects[1].

As the fight for water rights and Native sovereignty continues, more and more indigenous people stand in solidarity against exploitation by corporations. To demonstrate the diversity of the Native nations, indigenous peoples, and groups standing in solidarity against the Dakota Access, I’ve compiled t-shirt designs, posters, a music video, and graphics of the resistance. I’ve also included links to where you can purchase the art, because a portion of the proceeds from many of the pieces go directly to Standing Rock.

The indigenous revolution has begun.


Artist: Weshoyot Alvitre

Nation: Tongva

Apparel and prints available from All proceeds go to Standing Rock.


Artist: Steven Paul Judd

Nation: Chickasaw


Apparel available at All proceeds from the No DAPL t-shirts go to Standing Rock.

Artist statement: “Did you know this is how we were described in the Declaration of Independence? This isn’t about hating the country or hating white people. It’s about educating people. Racists and hate speech isn’t something I will stand for for my own social media, so why would I let it slide on the Delectation of Independence?” #sageAgainstTheMachine


Artist: Erica Pretty Eagle Moore

Nations: Osage, Otoe, Pawnee, Sac and Fox

T-shirts available at All proceeds go to Standing Rock.


Artist: Tyler Read

Location: Art Alley, Rapid City, SD

Title: “How The Protectors Defeated The Black Snake”

Artist Statement: “To the people of Standing Rock, with love, peace, and prayers.”


Artist: Isaac Murdoch

Nation: Anishinaabe Serpent River First Nation


Apparel available at All proceeds go to the Onaman Collective to “help work on environmental issues, Indigenous language restoration and connecting youth and Elders to land with Indigenous traditional knowledge.”


Artist: Marty Two Bulls Sr.

Nation: Oglala Lakota


Artist: Lyla June

Nation: Diné

“All Nations Rise”

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Music Video:

Artist Statement: “I am a Diné (Navajo) woman but I wrote this last verse in Spanish because our native brothers and sisters in Central and South America experience a deeper suppression of their culture and identity than we do up here in the “the states”. The Eagle and the Condor are coming together.”


Artist: Raye Zaragoza

Nation: Pima

“In the River: A Protest Song”

Music Video:

Purchase at All profits go to the Sacred Stone Camp.