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Wages of Protest: Wallace Global Fund Gives Standing Rock $250K Prize


Is environmental activism paying off for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe? Although its high-profile protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline helped make the tribe a national symbol of activism, fame came at a high price. Revenues at the tribe’s casino, one of its chief employers, were down sharply in 2016, forcing painful social service cuts. At the same time, the tribe continues to benefit from the esteem of liberal foundations. On Thursday, the Wallace Global Fund awarded the inaugural Henry A. Wallace Award and a $250,000 prize to the tribe for “for its unyielding courage in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and its dedication to transitioning to renewable energy.” Along with the award, the Wallace Global Fund has pledged up to $1 million of investments in the tribe’s transition to clean energy.


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