Greta Thunberg to Visit Site of Violent Protests Against the Dakota Access Pipeline


According to a press release from the Lakota People’s Law Project, child activist Greta Thunberg will be visiting North and South Dakota this week.

She will visit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Sunday, October 6.

On Tuesday, October 8, she’ll visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Standing Rock straddles the North and South Dakota border. Thunberg will be in Fort Yates which is on the North Dakota side of the border.

Appearing with her will be Chase Iron Eyes, who the North Dakota Democratic Party nominated as a candidate for the U.S. House in 2016. He lost that election to incumbent Republican Kevin Cramer after earning less than 24 percent of the vote.

According to the press release, “Thunberg will participate in a pair of panels with fellow youth climate activist and Indigenous rights advocate Tokata Iron Eyes. The two will address high-priority topics for the climate struggle in Indian Country, including plans to double the oil flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline and the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline adjacent to tribal nations.”

Tokata Iron Eyes is the daughter of Chase Iron Eyes.

Standing Rock, of course, was home to the violent but ultimately failed protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017. Since then, the reservation has become something of a mecca for left-wing activists. Earlier this summer, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is currently campaigning for the White House, visited Standing Rock alongside Hollywood celebrities Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo, and Frances Farmer.

Here’s the full press release:

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