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Honors Project On-Campus Access Only


How is wind power dynamically imbued with meanings, language, and images that seek to unevenly position the technology in relation to groups of humans, natures, and geographies? How are boundaries constructed and challenged through the production of knowledge, technology, and nature? This paper seeks to unpack the conditions of possibility that govern wind power development on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in western South Dakota. By examining the production and circulation of discourses and texts, I show that narratives that position indigenous people within environmentalism are reproduced in wind power discourse. I argue that these discources overshadow the complex operation of heterogeneous networks of power, colonialism, race, nature, science and technology.



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