Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 30, 2021

Lakota Youths Arrive in DC to Demand Pipeline Shutdowns, Biden Appoints Environmental Justice Council

Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Lakota youths from North Dakota and South Dakota walking in Iowa and making a stand for the water. Photos courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council.

Lakota youths arrive in DC to demand President Biden shut down Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Standing Rock and Cheyenne River youths arrived in Washington, DC, to demand that Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3 be shut down, after joining Meskwaki relatives in Iowa to make a stand for the water.

On Sunday, Lakota and Dakota youths walked with Meskwaki relatives in Iowa to support the shutdown of the Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3 Pipelines threatening safe drinking water for the masses in the heart of the continent.

"On April 1st frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights will be in Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects."

"Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline," Lakota youths said in an announcement in Frontlines to DC.

"Indigenous communities will no longer be silenced. Consultation is NOT consent. Indigenous nations have been clear, they did not consent to these fossil fuel projects to snake through their communities."

"The Biden administration must respect the Free, Informed and Prior consent of tribal nations and communities. He must strengthen tribal nations by respecting the treaties-- that includes moving to #ShutdownDAPL & #StopLine3," Lakota youths said at ReZpect Our Water.

"For too long Indigenous communities have carried the weight of our addiction to oil and gas despite their objections."

At the same time as Native youths were arriving in DC, President Biden announced on Monday appointees to the White House's new Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

The new advisory council includes Carletta Tilousi, longtime Havasupai rights defender; Vi Waghiyi, Yupik grandmother; and Jade Begay, Dine' and Tesuque Pueblo, of NDN Collective.

While Tilousi battles uranium mining and other threats in her homeland, which is known as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Waghiyi is battling toxins in the northern Bering Sea.

"I am a Yupik grandmother and a mother of 4 sons, from Savoonga, Alaska on Sivuqaq also known as St. Lawrence Island. Our Island is located in the northern Bering Sea where we can actually see Russia from our window!" said Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director; Alaska Community Action on Toxics. Read more.

Juan Parras, fighting for environmental justice along the ship channel in Houston, Texas, is among 26 frontline defenders and scholars appointed to the new council.

Dr. Beverly Wright, environmental justice scholar and survivor of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, joins environmental advocates from throughout the U.S. -- including advocates from Appalachia and the United Farm Workers, on the new council.

Biden's new advisory council meets virtually today, March 30. It will be convened by longtime environmental justice advocate Professor Robert Bullard of Texas.

Read more:

The full list of the 26 new council appointees:

White House: Appointees for Environmental Justice Advisory Council:

President Biden's White House order on tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad, issued on Jan. 27, 2021, focuses on a new green plan and green economy.

The plan includes an upcoming global summit during April, with 40 world leaders invited to the virtual summit.

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