For Immediate Release
Jennifer K. Falcon, 218-760- 9958,
Standing Rock Youth to Run 93 Miles in Freezing Temperatures to Protest of Dakota Access Pipeline
Indigenous youth call on President Biden to shut down pipeline.
WASHINGTON - Date: February 9, 2021
Time: Prayer at 8:00 a.m. CT. Run will start immediately following.
Interviews: Youth leaders will be available for interviews throughout the day and after, upon request.
Background: Standing Rock—On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Lakota youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribal nations will run more than 93 miles in temperatures below zero to protest the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) and ask President Biden to shut down the pipeline.
The same group of runners helped bring attention to DAPL in 2016 and its harm to Indigenous lands and rights. They hope to bring further attention as a hearing is set for Feb. 10 between a U.S. District Judge and the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss whether the pipeline will be shut down or allowed to operate illegally without a permit.
The youth run will start at 8:00 a.m. CT on Tuesday and can be live-streamed on the Standing Rock Youth Council’s Facebook page. Other youth from across the country will be participating on social media using the hashtags listed below. A press release with photos and videos from the run will be released Tuesday afternoon, as the run concludes.
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