Here are links to documentaries, recorded presentations, articles, and interviews with Emanuel.  They cover a wide range of topics, including rivers and wetlands, coastal salinization, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, energy and climate policy, and more.

For instructors who are teaching about Environmental Justice, Indigenous Rights, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, consider using media below marked with ‘*‘ to complement scholarly publications on these topics.

Documentary Film and Television

It’s a Greens Thing (Somewhere South, PBS, 2020): At the Lumbee tribe’s annual homecoming, Vivian samples their famous collard sandwich and learns the roots of Southern hospitality. Vivian paddles the Lumbee River with Ryan, who discusses the river's significance for Indigenous peoples. (Video availability depends on location.)

The Seeds of Ghost Forests (Science Friday, 2019): Lining the coasts of North Carolina are wooden tombstones. These naked, gray stalks are what’s left of the trees that once stood there. Collaborator Emily Bernhardt discusses on Science Friday's national radio broadcast.

Robeson Rises (Green Hero Films, 2018): As the Atlantic Coast Pipeline threatens to disrupt communities and ecosystems across North Carolina, a group of diverse activists rises up to challenge construction. Best short documentary 2018 Indigo Moon Film Festival!*

Exploring North Carolina (UNC-TV, 2014): Blackwater rivers carry tea-colored water across North Carolina's Coastal Plain. Host Tom Earnhardt interviews Ryan and others about these beautiful waterways.


Seminars and Presentations


Duke Human Rights Center (March 2019): John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University*

Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium (May 2018): Northwest Indian College, Lummi Nation

University Consortium for Atmospheric Research, Congressional Briefing (September 2016): Washington, DC


Triangle Native American Society (August 2020): Webinar Series

Universities Council on Water Resources (April 2018): Webinar Series

Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle (August 2020): Webinar Series


Radio and Podcasts


The State of Things, WUNC (September 2020)
High Barriers To Tribal Nations’ Involvement In Water Governance

Wósdéé Podcast (July 2020)
Interview with host Majerle Lister on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline*

Native America Calling (February 2020)
NEPA changes looming

Native America Calling (March 2019)
What’s in the Green New Deal for Native nations?

A Public Affair, WORT (October 2018)
Indigenous Peoples' Day discussion with Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery

American Indian Airwaves, KPFK Los Angeles (September 2018)
North Carolina Tribes recover from Hurricane Florence

The State of Things, WUNC (August 2018)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hits New Roadblock

The State of Things, WUNC (January 2018)
North Carolina Grants Key Permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

American Indian Airwaves, KPFK Los Angeles (January 2018)
Federal Government Continues to Ignore Tribal Nations in Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permitting


The State of Things, WUNC (October 2017)
Contrary To Original Plan, Atlantic Coast Pipeline May Extend Beyond North Carolina*
Featured in WUNC's Producers' Picks, a selection of favorite conversations from 2017.

Native America Calling (September 2017)
On the Defense Against Environmental Policy*

The Dirt, WHSA (August 2017)
Native Communities Threatened by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline


The State of Things, WUNC (July 2017)
Are Native Communities Being Overlooked In Atlantic Coast Pipeline Process?*

Other Video Recordings

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (2018)

Duke Human Rights Center (2019)

Earth Day LIVE Triangle (2020)

Newspapers and News Websites (2017 – Present)

These articles include interviews with Emanuel or mentions of his work.


Oil and Gas Pipelines and Environmental Justice

“Where are the U.S.’s natural gas pipelines? Often in vulnerable communities” National Geographic, Alejandra Borunda and Riley D. Champine, June 4, 2021

“FERC faces environmental justice reckoning” E & E News, Arianna Skibell and Niina H. Farah, July 31, 2020

“Sustained Opposition Derails Three Major Oil and Gas Pipelines” Sierra Magazine, Jonathan Hahn, July 8, 2020


Atlantic Coast Pipeline – Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights

“Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled after years of delays, accusations of environmental injustice” NBC News, Steve Helber, July 6, 2020

“Belinda Joyner Is Tired of Fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, But She’s Still Fighting” Indy Week, Lewis Kendall, July 1, 2020

“The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Battle Is About People, Not Precedent” New Republic, Nick A. Martin, June 15, 2020

“America has never cared about sacred sites” New Republic, Nick A. Martin, January 8, 2020

“Federal agencies are required to consult with tribes about pipelines. They often don’t” Grist, Naveena Sadasivam, January 2, 2020

“A (proposed) pipeline runs through it” Grist/bioGraphic, Lyndsey Gilpin, December 3, 2019

“The next Standing Rock is everywhere” New Republic, Nick A. Martin, October 7, 2019 *

“In North Carolina, novel legal maneuver deployed against Atlantic Coast Pipeline” Energy News Network, Elizabeth Ouzts, August 21, 2019

“Several members of Lumbee tribe, climate coalition ask DEQ to revoke Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit; EPA proposes to clamp down on states’ authority” Progressive Pulse, Lisa Sorg, August 15, 2019

“Our ancestors’ voices are begging us to stand up (Guest Column)” Virginia Mercury, Beth Roach, April 22, 2019

“Interview with Scholar and Indigenous Rights Activist Ryan Emanuel” Duke Today / Duke Human Rights Center, Miranda Gershoni, March 5, 2019

“Robeson County activists challenge Atlantic Coast Pipeline” The Daily Tarheel, Henry Haney, October 8, 2018

“How would you improve the natural gas pipeline process?” West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Nancy Andrews, July 18, 2018 *

“Are the Feds cherry-picking data to force pipelines through vulnerable communities?” Pacific Standard, Sophie Yeo, June 7, 2018

“Controversial pipeline brings economic promises, environmental justice concerns” Technician, Holden Dometrius, March 11, 2018

“The South’s Pipe Dreams” US News and World Report, Seth Cline, March 8, 2018

“Atlantic coast pipeline stirs mix of hope for jobs, leeriness by Native Americans” McClatchy DC, Tony Pugh, February 1, 2018 *

“Duke Energy Wants to Build a $5 Billion Pipeline Through Eastern North Carolina. They’ll Have to Go Through Marvin Winstead First.” INDY Week, Erica Hellerstein, October 11, 2017

“This massive natural gas pipeline will run right through Native American communities” ThinkProgress, Mark Hand, July 26, 2017


Hurricanes, Flooding, and Natural Disasters

“Protect yourself: Floodwaters teem with bacteria from human and animal waste, carcasses” News and Observer, John Murawski and Stuart Leavenworth, September 20, 2018

“‘We need help’: N.C. towns plead for dam, levee upgrades after second major flood in two years” Washington Post, Sarah Kaplan, September 18, 2018