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Contact: Erik Stegman
Center for Native American Youth
The Aspen Institute
The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute Issued the Following Statement Regarding Youth Involvement in the Movement to Protect the Water Supply and Sacred Sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe:
“Thousands of Native Americans and their allies have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest the current route of the Dakota Access Pipeline and demand further consultation about the project. Native youth have been a driving force behind this movement to respect tribal sacred sites and protect tribal water supplies, even when not located on current tribal lands. Core to its mission of improving the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native youth, the Center for Native American Youth builds platforms for Native youth to advocate on their priorities in their own voice. We support all those Native youth advocates who use their voices and peaceful methods to advocate on issues important to them and their communities.”
Read Erik Stegman’s piece on his recent trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/story-behind-standing-rock-dakota-access-pipeline/.
Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan in February 2011, CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. CNAY works to strengthen and create new connections as well as exchange resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native youth, with a special emphasis on suicide prevention. Visit CNAY’s website for a comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans, tribes and the general public. For more information, visit www.cnay.org.
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.