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Different Names for Bullying (2016) | 16 min

“There's all different forms of bullying,” says Steven Gray, a Lakota rancher and former law enforcement officer living in South Dakota. In this look into Gray’s life, we learn about two instances of bullying: the psychological and physical harassment that pushed his son, Tanner Thomas Gray, to commit suicide at age 12; And the controversial construction of an oil pipeline in an ancient tribal land that belongs to the Lakota people by rights of a treaty signed in 1851, which Gray sees as an institutional abuse infringing on the sovereignty of his people. Gray is involved in the movement that has been fighting the construction of the pipeline.

Gray, a Native American member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has been in the frontline fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline construction since its early stages. Brought up in a family of ranchers, Gray work several jobs in his family's ranch, construction, and law enforcement. Gray explains how his tribe and his family’s cattle would be affected in the event of an oil spill into the Missouri River. Gray, who lives in a small piece of land in a Indian reservation in South Dakota, offers insights in the life of people in the reservation, a reality that is mostly misunderstood, stereotyped, or ignored by the mainstream public. The movie shows Gray's direct involvement in the opposition to the pipeline at a camp in North Dakota, along the Cannonball River, which has been already defined as the largest gathering of indigenous tribes in American history.