Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

John Richard Edwards (Onondaga) takes part in the installation of the mile-marker post from the Dakota Access Pipeline in the exhibition

Mile-marker from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests makes the point that U.S. treaty history is still being written

Signs nailed to a mile-marker at the DAPL protest show how far people came and from how many places to stand up for treaty rights and the right of Native Nations to be consulted as governments. Now the final section of the exhibition "Nation to Nation" at the National Museum of the American Indian, the mile-marker stands as a powerful symbol of the fact that American Indian treaties remain U.S. law, and that their stories are not finished. It also serves as a symbol of modern resistance.