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Indigenous activists make presence known for climate march in D.C.

Filed Under: Environment | National | Politics
More on: climate change, dc, donald trump, ien, sharon day, water, women

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Posted by Indigenous Environmental Network on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Indigenous Environmental Network on Facebook: Text "INDIGENOUSPCM" to 41411 to stay updated

Indigenous activists are arriving in Washington, D.C., for the People's Climate March, a call to action to protect the earth.

The indigenous bloc of events kicks off with a round dance at the Trump International Hotel at 8:30pm Eastern on Thursday evening. Participants hope their presence sends a strong message to President Donald Trump, whose actions on pipelines, sacred sites and national monuments have gone against tribal interests.

"Indigenous communities are under attack for protecting Mother Earth and defending their inherent rights," organizers said of the event at the hotel, located just blocks from the White House.

On Friday, activists plan to bring their concerns even closer to Trump with a press conference in front of the White House at 12pm. They are also taking part in a "red line" action at the U.S. Capitol in the afternoon.

"We hold a red line to defend our environment, our homes, our families and our future generations," organizers wrote on Facebook of the event, which is scheduled to take place at 2pm Eastern on Friday.

Native activists erected a tipi outside of the Trump International Hotel as part of the Native Nations Rise rally at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2017. Photo by Indianz.Com / More on Flickr

Later in the evening on Friday, indigenous women are taking part in the Honoring Our Sacred Water Ceremony. Activists are gathering at Poplar Point, near where the Anacostia River meets the Potomac River, to discuss challenges facing waters around the world.

In preparation for the main event, indigenous women will lead the Sunrise Water Ceremony at the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 6am on Saturday morning. Ojibwe elder Sharon Day, the founder of the Nibi Walks for water is facilitating the event, which is hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Piscataway Nation, whose homelands include D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

As for the march itself, which falls on Trump's 100th day in office, the indigenous bloc will be at the head of the lineup. Participants are asked to meet at 6th Street NW and Pennsylvania Ave NW prior to the start of the march, which includes a walk around the White House.

For updates and alerts about the indigenous programming during the People's Climate March, send a text message with the word "INDIGENOUSPCM" to 41411.

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