A sculpture said to represent the Lakota leader Sitting Bull is located at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM
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University agrees to Dakota Access lecture after Mark Trahant complained

The University of North Dakota has agreed to host a lecture where the Dakota Access Pipeline #NoDAPL movement will be discussed after veteran Native journalist Mark Trahant raised concerns.

Trahant, a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, is still planning to wrap up his term as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism in May 2018. But, in a post on his personal Facebook page, he called the university's decision to host the lecture a sign of "progress," especially since his prior attempts to discuss one of the biggest news events in recent North Dakota history were rebuffed.

"Jenni Monet has agreed to be our keynote speaker," Trahant wrote of journalist Jenni Monet, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna who was arrested by authorities in North Dakota while covering the #NoDAPL movement. He said the lecture is expected to take place in spring of 2018.

In a statement provided to media outlets, a spokesperson for President Mark Kennedy welcomed the #NoDAPL discussion.

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