Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 5, 2016

UNITY in Solidarity with Standing Rock


The future of ALL youth is in your hands and our words have now been carried to you.

Statement for Oceti Sakowin from Generation Indigenous youth across America     

We, the undersigned youth from UNITY’s (United National Indian Tribal Youth) 2016 class of “25 Under 25” Leaders program support our Indigenous brothers and sisters, as well as all beings on earth. We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to rise up and band together against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the land which the Missouri and Cannonball River flow and under the Mississippi.                                                                  

We agree that Water Is Life.  Mni Wiconi.

Indigenous youth know there is no greater priority or richer resource to protect than the health of our only home, Mother Earth.

Indigenous youth know that short term individual, national, corporate financial or other gains from fossil fuel extraction must not negatively jeopardize the natural wealth we all depend on, share, and benefit from now and for future generations.

Indigenous youth understand that we are facing a Climate Change future in which human actions of the past and present have negatively impacted our earthly home.

Indigenous youth, along with our Elders, understand that tribal sovereignty and territorial rights reside alongside our sovereign rights given to us by Creator to determine our future and protect our lands, peoples, and future generations.
We, Indigenous youth leaders, thereby stand in solidarity with Oceti Sakowin and their efforts to immediately halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We understand we set the future by our actions today.

We demand that the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Interior rescind the Army Corps of Engineers Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. We ask for a full Environmental Impact Statement of this project which violates the 1851 and 1868 Treaties which mandate the protection of the health of Native communities and the natural resources of our Nations and ancestral homelands.

Indigenous Peoples are the first protectors of our ancestral lands. The future of Native youth is in your hands and our words have now been carried to you. Please hear our voices.

#NoDAPL   #REZPECTOURWATER   #NoDakotaAccessPipeline    #standwithstandingrock

Protect-Call White House: 202-456-1111  Statements:                       
Petitions:                                                               Mail Donations:  Sacred Stones Camp   P.O.  Box 1011   Fort Yates ND 58538

Names of  Indigenous youth leaders supporting the statement to Oceti Sakowin:
              Henry Birk Albert, Koyukon Athabascan, Alaska
Caitlin “Wakan Najin Win” Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota Nation, South Dakota
Seth Cooper, Walker River Paiute, Muscogee Creek, Assiniboine, Arizona
Michele Danner, Inupiaq, Alaska
Sarah De Herrera, Choctaw Nation, California
Cierra Little Water Fields, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma
Anissa Garcia, Akimel O’odham, Arizona
DeLesslin George-Warren, Catawba Indian Nation, South and North Carolina
Mariah Gladstone, Blackfeet Nation, Montana
Vance HomeGun, Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes, Montana
Becca Kirk, Klamath-Ojibwe, Washington
JoRee V.  LaFrance, Crow Nation, Montana
William Lucero, Lummi Nation, Washington State.
Jessica McCool, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, California
Lakota Pochedley, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma
Dyami Thomas, Klamath-Ojibwe, Washington
Tatiana Ticknor, Dena’ina Athabascan-Tlingit-Yup’ik, Alaska
Claullen Tillman, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Wyoming
Rory Wheeler, Seneca Nation, New York
Christie Wildcat, Northern Arapaho, Wyoming
Eric H. Woody, Diné (Navajo), New Mexico

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