This Friday, September 9th, at least 70 youth will lead a run for peace to the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, calling attention to their petition to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. This will be the fourth run for this youth group, who recently ran from North Dakota to Washington D.C. to deliver 252,000 signatures from their petition.
As false rumors about violent activists increase and private security firms loose dogs on protesters, the youth are leading this run in an effort to call for peace. They will also be awaiting news on the injunction the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed to temporarily stop construction of the pipeline, expected to be released by Friday.
Among the group will be several members of Standing Rock, in addition to young Native Americans from places like Wyoming, Washington, and Canada. Over 200 indigenous tribes are represented at the larger camp today, and most will be present among the 500-1000 protesters who will be waiting for the runners at the capitol.
You can see live comments on the youths’ petition here and learn more about the event here. Let me know if you’re interested in covering or speaking to any of the runners? We’d be happy to set that up! Also, check out Up To Us who have been major supporters.
For more information contact:
Juliana Britto Schwartz, 415-246-5162
Posted by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)