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Car­toon­ist Ri­cardo Caté’s de­pic­tions of Stand­ing Rock

Thanks­giv­ing Day was a solemn one for the Na­tive Amer­i­cans and their sup­port­ers camped out near the Stand­ing Rock Reser­va­tion in North Dakota, where mem­bers of the Sioux tribe and oth­ers re­main stead­fast in their op­po­si­tion to the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line. The pro­test­ers’ po­si­tion is that the project — a 1,172-mile-long oil pipe­line that stretches from Stan­ley, North Dakota, to Pa­toka, Illi­nois — threat­ens Na­tive burial sites and the wa­ter sup­ply of the Stand­ing Rock Sioux. Pro­test­ers have been met with a vi­o­lent po­lice re­sponse, be­com­ing tar­gets for rub­ber bul­lets, po­lice dogs, con­cus­sion grenades, and pep­per spray, and they have been blasted with wa­ter can­nons de­spite the frigid North Dakota tem­per­a­tures. Hun­dreds have been ar­rested since the protests be­gan in the spring and front­line in­juries have been re­ported, some of them crit­i­cal.

The irony of the sit­u­a­tion in North Dakota as it stood on Thanks­giv­ing isn’t lost on Santa Fe-based car­toon­ist Ri­cardo Caté (Kewa/Santo Domingo Pue­blo), who has been trav­el­ing to Stand­ing Rock to wit­ness the protest and the po­lice re­sponse since Au­gust. Caté, whose comic With­out

Reservations has ap­peared daily in The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can since 2006, uses his tal­ents to bring hu­mor to long­stand­ing ten­sions be­tween Na­tive and non-Na­tive peo­ple. His satir­i­cal strip tack­les po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic, and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues fac­ing Na­tive Amer­i­cans. More than 20 orig­i­nal paint­ings and draw­ings by Caté are in the ex­hibit DAPL

[Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line], open­ing Fri­day, Dec. 2, at Vida Loca Gallery (203 W. San Fran­cisco St.) with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion. Caté’s works high­light is­sues sur­round­ing the protest, such as the mis­char­ac­ter­iz­ing of peace­ful pro­test­ers as ag­gres­sors and the re­sponse by the pub­lic via so­cial me­dia. The exhibition re­mains on view through Jan. 5, 2017.

— Michael Abatemarco

Ri­cardo Caté: “My re­port ...”, 2016, acrylic on can­vas

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