Standing Rock

Robby Romero In-Studio

Nov 15, 2018
Robbie Romero and Dennis Banks

Apache activist and musician Robby Romero shared his new single Born on the Rez on KDNK's Beyond Beyond. Produced by Don Was and including Jim Keltner and Kris Kristofferson, among others, the song features a swelling gospel chorus, some blues harmonica, and drums that sounded from the center of the Earth. He also shared some inspiring words about the continuing power and relevance of the Standing Rock protest. It was a wide-ranging conversation with KDNK's Luke Nestler that also featured a couple of original live songs.

Raleigh Burleigh

Colorado Mountain College hosted a group of Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation to share about their experiences at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Gavin Dahl


Last weekend, station manager Gavin Dahl represented KDNK onstage at the 2017 Arise Festival at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. At the festival, Josh Fox introduced his new film about Standing Rock, Awake. Footage of Arise 2017 is available here. This film is now available on Netflix. An interview with gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis and his clean energy by 2040 platform is available here.

David Starbear

Carbondale-based artist and chef David Starbear stopped by the KDNK studio to perform two songs as an "opening act" before Elephant Revival's visit to the station. He played songs inspired by his own journeys to support the water protectors at Standing Rock, "Good Medicine" and "Agua Sagrada" which means sacred water.

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that after a lengthy hearing, the proposal to create a religious freedom exemption bill in Colorado was defeated. Then Gavin Dahl interviews environmental reporter Bob Berwyn about his reporting on the impact of climate change in the Alps and his essay, Dear Skiers. Plus, Amy Hadden Marsh gets an update from Linda Black Elk, spokesperson for the Standing Rock water protectors. The Dakota Access Pipeline EIS is available on the Federal Register here.

Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama. And Will Evans, Carbondale elder and Water Protector about his recent visit to Standing Rock.

Brent Gardner-Smith

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition. 

Amy Hadden Marsh photo

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest in North Dakota is heading into its ninth month. At least 7,000 people have passed through the camps set up near the Standing Rock Reservation. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh traveled to North Dakota in September and has covered various aspects of the protest ever since, including a local protest in front of Wells Fargo bank and conversations with locals who have been to camp. Here are highlights from those reports.

Amy Hadden Marsh photo

Host Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Carbondale resident Barbara Dills about her connections to the Lakota Nation and her time on the Rosebud reservation and how the 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation is relevant to the current protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

We talk with four of the participants in the Stand Up for Standing Rock event at the Third Street Center on Friday, November 18. Tara Sheahan, organizer, Lance King, Charlie King, and Mato Nanji of the band Indigenous.

Half of the new comedy improv troupe at the Thunder River Theatre--Jeff Patterson, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford and Gerald DeLisser--talk about the art of improvisation and how it contains life lessons useful for anybody.

AH Marsh

Wells Fargo Banks across the country were the targets of protests Tuesday as part of a nationwide campaign to get the bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to protesters at the Carbondale branch and has this report.

Shawna Foster

Reverend Shawna Foster, minister of Carbondale’s Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation served in the Army National Guard shortly after 9/11. She sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about her reflections on Veteran’s Day, her own experiences with the military, how her attitude has changed over time, and the Veteran’s Camp for water protectors in North Dakota.

Carbondale residents Dave Taylor and Tim Brogdan along with Rev. Shawna Foster, minister of Carbondale's Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation,join Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh to share their experiences at the Sacred Stone camp in North Dakota and upcoming events to support the water protectors.

Human rights organization Amnesty International USA has had a presence at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Tarah Demant, Senior Director of Amnesty’s Identity and Discrimination Unit, to get the group’s take on what’s happening on the ground.

Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Kandi Mossett is the featured speaker on Thursday's show, which was originally aired on Spirit Resistance LPFM Radio on Standing Rock treaty lands in North Dakota on 9/3/2016. 

Amy Hadden Marsh

Significant sacred sites were destroyed this past weekend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by construction workers on the Dakota Access pipeline. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at the significance of the sites.

Thousands of people have gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp on the northeastern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota to stop a pipeline that would carry crude oil underneath the Missouri River, east to Indiana. Over the weekend, a confrontation between protesters and private security guards from the pipeline company turned violent. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.