Standing Rock Youth Run 93 Miles to Pressure Biden to End Dakota Access Pipeline
February 12, 2021
CANNONBALL, N.D. - On Tuesday, several dozen youth from Standing Rock and Cheyenne River ran 93 miles from Timber Lake, S.D. to Cannonball River, N.D., adjacent to the Oceti Sakowin camp location just beyond the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in sub-zero temperature to continue to pressure President Joe Biden to end the Dakota Access Pipeline.
"The youth came up with the idea to organize a run because of President Biden's recent decision to deny the permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline," said Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective co-founder TaŠina Sapa Win to Native News Online. "To see youth as young as 9 years old running for clean water brought tears to my eyes and President Biden cannot simply ignore the voices of our youth to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline."
After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 without a comprehensive environmental review, a group of Lakota and Dakota youth organized a run from the Cannonball River in Cannonball to the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb. - more than 500 miles away.