How young Native Americans built and sustained the #NoDAPL movement

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Tokata Iron Eyes is beaming. Surrounded by journalists, camera crews and activists, the 13-year-old water protector—what she and other demonstrators call themselves—stands in the snow at a camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, wearing a heavy gray coat, a large knitted scarf and thick burgundy mittens.

Just minutes earlier, she and the rest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant an easement that would have allowed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. For months, Native American activists and allies have argued that the 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline project would pollute the region’s water supplies and desecrate sacred sites. Read more…

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#DefineAboriginal shows what it’s like to be Indigenous in the face of racism

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Australian far-right politician Pauline Hanson has been quite the know-it-all recently.

Last week, she claimed the Great Barrier Reef is fine, then on Monday night, she decided that “there’s no definition to an Aboriginal” and a person could be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by marrying one. 

It’s part of her rhetoric around lobbying to repeal the country’s Racial Discrimination Act, 18C, which makes it illegal to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone due to their race or ethnicity.

But with grace, a touch of sass and a large serving of reality, Indigenous Australians have responded with a hashtag: #DefineAboriginal. Read more…

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