News is that the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is going to preserve an 11.5-foot-tall mile-marker post made by Hickory Edwards which was displayed at one of the #NoDAPL camps during the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Here’s a photo of it:
There’s another side of the #NoDAPL protests which were very, very dark. Where some saw activists working to protect the environment and tribal sovereignty others saw violent zealots who attacked law enforcement, destroyed property, and harassed citizens.
You cannot tell the story of the #NoDAPL protests accurately without noting that at least a faction of the movement was made up of extremists with few compunctions about using violence and intimidation to perpetrate their political activities.
It would be nice if the Smithsonian, alongside this memento of the protests, also preserved some of the weapons law enforcement took from protesters during the arrests they were forced to make. I’m sure, once those things are no longer of use in the legal proceedings against the protests, that North Dakota’s law enforcement community would be glad to donate them.
History is complicated, and too often those who say they’re preserving it are really shaping it so that what is remembered is only that which fits their particular narrative.