Solidarity Statement with the Climate Strike of 2019
This Climate Strike will show that we are millions strong who are ready to give our all to stop the damage and redirect action to directly addressing the climate crisis. Tribal Governments / Indigenous Nations have a crucial role to play in confronting those who would poison Mother Earth and deliberately sentence our children to death by putting our only drinking water at risk with the multitude of extractive projects, including the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines which trespass against the Oglala people and the Oceti Sakowin. The young people of our world sense the danger we are all in. They are desperate and I share that desperation with them. Indigenous nations will sacrifice all we have to give to defend Unci Maka. This is our duty.
Julian Bear Runner is serving as the 43rd President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is second youngest president in Oglala Sioux history. Bear Runner has overcome many odds, yet is inspired to bring in a new generation leadership, working hard for the Lakota people’s survival and dignity. He is a strong advocate and voice for exercising and protecting the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s sovereignty and ensuring that the United States honors and adheres to its Treaty obligations as well as their federal trust responsibility. Bear Runner is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army
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