Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

International Studies

First Advisor

Adrienne Johnson

Abstract

The Bakken region has become one of the most important regions to the American economy within the last decade. A Great Northern Plains Reservation sits on a large portion of the Bakken and started to partake in unconventional oil extraction. With the leasing of the land to oil corporations came unprecedented issues. Soon influxes of men started to arrive in the Bakken. Formal and informal ’man camps’ were established to house such a large gendered migration. This thesis seeks to understand the intersectionality of violence on land and bodies, as since the implementation of shale oil extraction, there have been indications of heightened experiences of violence against women in the Bakken region. This thesis explores the impact of the oil extraction industry on a Northern Great Plains Reservation and how Native Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by violence. An Indigenous approach toward research, as well as feminist methodologies were utilized during the research process to develop the findings in the thesis.

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