Visions in Leadership
March 23, 2017 • 5:30 PM
No Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) Movement
Featuring Waniya Locke and Jessye Stein
This year Visions in Leadership will present two leaders who have played instrumental roles in the No Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) Movement.
What is the #NoDAPL Movement?
The Dakota Access Pipeline is proposed to transport 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, crossing the tribal lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline will also cross the Missouri River, potentially polluting drinking water for millions of people. Despite pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Dakota Access failed to consult the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe or conduct a full environmental impact statement. Due to these concerns, the Tribe has established resistance camps as a form of non-violent direct action against the pipeline to protect the water.
Waniya is from the Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe tribes. She was a Lakota Language Education Action Program (LLEAP) student. This is a college-level intensive Lakota language course for educators of Lakota language. Waniya attended Sitting Bull College and the University of South Dakota. Waniya currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Jessye is a founding member of People Over Pipelines, an organization started by concerned citizens to support direct action against illegal and immoral pipeline construction across the United States. A graduate of Boston University with a BA in philosophy and political science, she was a founding teacher at the Pine Ridge Girls School and a computer teacher and bus driver at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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