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Mary Annette Pember: Teaching a new generation of water protectors

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Students at Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, the Defenders of the Water School at the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota. Photo from Facebook

The Defenders of the Water School is still educating youth at the #NoDAPL encampment despite efforts by the state of North Dakota to make students go elsewhere. Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember has more:
The children currently camped out at Standing Rock are the generation that will grow up knowing that their parents, and by extension they, stood up for the water—and thus themselves—and that it is their story to tell.

“We aren’t just sitting around out here talking bad about the pipeline,” said Tashubi B., an 11-year-old Sicangu Lakota girl attending school at the Oceti Sakowin camp of water protectors near the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. “We have resources.”

Those resources consist of a fully operational school that is combining conventional classes with real-world experience for a unique educational opportunity. For instance, Tashubi and her classmates are putting their education to immediate use by creating documentaries about their experiences and perspectives at the camp as part of a school project.

“They said they were tired of reporters coming to the camp and telling stories about them and the school,” said Teresa Dzieglewicz, a teacher at Oceti Sakowin School. “They decided they wanted to tell their own stories.”

Using donated tablets, Dzieglewicz and her colleagues are working with students as they first create written proposals and later gather interviews and information to tell their stories.

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Mary Annette Pember: Standing Ground on NoDAPL: Oceti Sakowin School Educates Next Generation (Indian Country Today 10/19)

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