Standing Rock Youth run 2,000 miles to Bring Message: No Dakota Access Pipeline!
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe youth run for their lives, their families, their future, and for their environment from North Dakota to Washington, DC. The youth ran 2,000 miles to run for water. Why? Because they oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, that will go through the Missouri and Cannonball River and poses a serious threat for water contamination should the pipe leak. This pipeline will transport approximately 450,000 barrels of crude oil a day, and if this pipeline leaks, it’ll take about 5 minutes for the oil to contaminate our water sources. This pipeline threatens the rivers, which run right through treaty lands, such as Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. It will not only affect these nations, it will pose a threat to farmers, to people who swim and boat on these rivers, and harm the life in those rivers, that provide food for our people. I remember when I was little, and even when I go home to visit now, swimming in the Missouri. It’s where families go to escape the heat, fish, and have picnics along the river. The river is a part of our life.