There’s an excellent essay in High Country News. Even better, it was written by Sightline’s grants associate, Madeline Ostrander.

Here’s a snippet:

Dina takes me down to the river, to a place behind her house on the reservation. “I want to show you my secret spot,” she says. “C’mon.”

The Big Sioux River smells like piss some days, or a wasting body. In my second summer working for the tribe, I have come to know the river’s disease…

It’s the best thing I’ve read in a long time. And, no, I’m not just saying that because Madeline’s desk is six feet away.

Subscribers to HCN can read the whole thing. Non-subscribers can subscribe. (At twice the price it would be worth every penny and then some.)

Otherwise you’ll have to find a hard copy, or else wait three months, at which point I believe that archived content becomes available for free on HCN‘s website.