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        The Lowdown | The Youth Activists Behind the Standing Rock Resistance Lesson Plan

        Indigenous youth were at the forefront of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Their decision to run thousands of miles to speak with officials in Washington, D.C. helped inspire thousands of other people to join the protest and bring widespread attention to issues related to environmental justice and American Indian land rights. A year later, Standing Rock youth reflect on the life-changing experience and transformative nature of standing up for what you believe, even in light of the Trump administration’s order to ultimately resume construction of the pipeline they fought so hard against. In this lesson, students will analyze how the experience of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline affected the youth at the forefront of those protests.


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