As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock

Offering a unique look at environmental justice and colonial history through an Indigenized lens, “As Long as Grass Grows” explores an American colonial history of treaty violations, the fight for food and water security, the protection of sacred sites, and the importance of continued Indigenous leadership. Indigenous researcher and activist, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, presents a well-researched history of Indigenous resistance and describes traditional historical narratives and examines long-standing Indigenous stereotypes. The resource is suitable for senior high school students and is particularly appropriate for students looking for an extra challenge and those interested in eco-justice. In the classroom, teachers may want to select carefully chosen sections to read aloud, supporting class discussions and promoting critical and creative thinking about the fight for environmental justice and about sustainability issues, specifically from an Indigenous perspective.
environmental justice
Indigenous activism
western expansion
Gilio-Whitaker, D.
Primary Identifier
Social Studies