Julie Santella

PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Environment and Society
University of Minnesota

Julie is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on struggles over resource extraction, particularly gold and uranium mining, in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In this, she critiques the various ways that non-Indigenous worldviews attempt to minimize, eliminate, and otherwise do violence to Lakota knowledges of their ancestral homelands. Julie lives in Rapid City, SD, in the shadow of the beautiful Black Hills. She considers it an honor to live and work alongside creative, brilliant defenders of Lakota sovereignty.