Faculty Publications

Title

Indigenous-led grassroots engagements with oil pipelines in the U.S. and Russia: the NoDAPL and Komi movements

Document Type

Article

Keywords

global governance, governance generating networks, governance of transnational corporations, Indigenous protests, non-governmental organizations, social movements

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Environmental Politics

Volume

30

Issue

6

First Page

895

Last Page

917

Abstract

Networks play an important role in the Indigenous rights movement’s strategies and in Indigenous groups’ engagements with industry actors, the State, and NGOs. We seek to extend the concept of Governance Generating Networks (GGN) to incorporate Indigenous grassroots movements, and evaluate multiscale interactions and processes of network-generated governance across scales. We compare the NoDAPL movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the U.S. with grassroots Indigenous-environmentalist networks of water defenders in the Komi Republic, Russia. These GGNs emerged to protest oil pipelines within two contrasting sociopolitical systems, yet demonstrate substantial similarities in respect to local grievances and global engagement. We find that the resonance of these movements across scales was substantial. These reactions exhibited dissonance between scales, when national and regional actors responded in diverging ways. The two Indigenous-led movements were also able to amplify their agendas and transfer strategic alliances to other places and issues.

Department

Department of Geography

Original Publication Date

1-1-2021

DOI of published version

10.1080/09644016.2020.1851534

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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