Jasilyn Charger, Cheyenne River Sioux
“My son’s buried by the river. . . . I vowed to him that he’s going to be safe, that no oil was going to touch him.”
From: How We Go Home
Jasilyn Charger of the Cheyenne River Sioux, shares her story of her childhood with her family and moving in and out of foster homes and mental health facilities. She then became involved in the Standing Rock protests, becoming a lead organizer and public figure. She also shares the perspective of a young adult learning about and participating fully in her community and culture, particularly through activism.
Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.