- By Native News Online Staff
NEW YORK — TIME magazine has named Tara Houska, an Ojibwe from the Couchiching First Nation, as one of its 27 individuals who are “bridging divides across America.”
Houska, 35, is an attorney and environmental activist who gained national attention during the Standing Rock resistance movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as her work to have banks around the world divest in oil pipelines. She remains active fighting big oil near where she lives in Minnesota in the fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.
Earlier this year, she was once again in the news after she tweeted about her experience passing through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, when a TSA agent said she needed to pat down her braids.
“She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said “giddyup!” as she snapped my braids like reins,” Houska wrote in her tweet. The TSA apologized four days later.
On Thursday, TIME called her “a link between worlds.”
“When bankers and oil-company execs need a Native American perspective on infrastructure projects affecting tribal lands, they often call up Tara Houska, 35, an Ojibwe lawyer and environmental activist,” TIME wrote about Houska.
Houska posted on her Facebook page after the TIME article was released:
“It’s more than jarring at times, to go from frontlines of warriors risking themselves for all life to opulent settings with mainstream influencers & decision makers. From connected to disconnected. Standing on a hill in the forest to get service for a conference call on ndn/environmental policy is my norm.”
Since you're here...
We believe everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers. But we hope it inspires you to make a gift of $5 or more to Native News Online so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.