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Native Sun News: Native youth take stand against Keystone bid

The following story was written and reported by Richie Richards, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News.

Quinda BurningBreast (17), John Denoyer (15), Dylan Whirlwind (16), Logan Huber (17) protest the KXL Pipeline and monitor Congress’ activity. Photo by Richie Richards

Teen Spotlight: Todd County Alternative High School students
By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Staff Writer

MISSION –– Students from the Todd County Alternative High School are standing proud in protest against the KXL pipeline at the intersection of Highways 18 and 83 in Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

The students are actively raising local awareness against the KXL pipeline, which if the bill is passed, would directly affect these students’ lives and families.

The pipeline route is crossing tribal lands near the Milks Camp community just east of Winner. Although a community project, students will receive school credit as they stand in solidarity for one hour per school day during this learning event.

According to the teacher heading this project, Mr. Whiting states, “This is an important learning opportunity (legislative process, civics, community outreach, energy supply/demand and so forth) for our students and they will be given appropriate credit in the related courses that they are working on.”

Currently, Congress has passed a House bill in support of the pipeline; the Senate is debating and amending their bill which is expected to pass on to President Obama. Likely, he will veto it; and, given the current vote on the bill, it is not likely that both Houses will override the veto with a 2/3 majority.

The TCHS alternative students have planned a daily witness to reject the XL Keystone Pipeline project, to support and protect the environment, and ultimately support sovereign nation rights. They a part of a larger national protest against the proposed Pipeline route and in support of President Obama's veto power of this legislation.

For their dedication to the opposition of the KXL Pipeline, support of their treaty rights and tribal sovereignty, the Alternative Students at TCHS are our Teen Spotlight this week.

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