‘The Only Friend of the Indians’. Restoring the Reputation of Father Pieter-Jan De Smet
(Karl van den Broeck) The Low Countries - 2017, № 25, p. 291-293
In 2016, US president Barack Obama ordered work to stop on the Dakota Access Pipeline. For months, environmental activists and members of the Lakota people had been protesting against the laying of this pipeline. In their protests they invoked a treaty signed by the Lakota and neighbouring Native American tribes with the US government in 1851, which grants the region crossed by the pipeline to the Lakota. This treaty also had a Belgian flavor, as one of the negotiators was the Belgian missionary Pieter-Jan De Smet (1801-1873).
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