Winona LaDuke is feeling pretty good today.
The longtime Native American activist and advocate for sustainable development, renewable energy and local food systems is getting some rain on her crops this morning, and Monday, a district court ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down and drained of oil by August 5th.
LaDuke, also the executive director of the group Honor the Earth, has been battling the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota as well as the Enbridge Line 3 project in Northern Minnesota for years.
She talks about the novelist Arundhati Roy's characterization of pandemic as portal.
"Each time there's a pandemic in the history of the world, it forces society to change how it is," she says. "And this has forced us to our knees. And to transform our world."