(SD)-Swedish Teen Climate Activist Visits Pine Ridge, Rapid City
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A 16-year-old climate activist who garnered international attention when she scolded world leaders at the United Nations last month is visiting two American Indian reservations in the Dakotas to talk about oil pipelines.
Greta Thunberg took part in a panel discussion on the Pine Ridge Reservation Sunday and will be in another one Tuesday on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, but announced in Pine Ridge that she will help lead a march Monday in Rapid City.
Thunberg came to the Dakotas at the invitation of a fellow youth activist, Tokata Iron Eyes, after they became friends in September in Washington, DC, and George Washington University.
The two jointly announced Sunday that they would march the following morning from Rapid City's Memorial Park to the office of Mayor Steve Allender. Among the issues they plan to bring to the mayor is the use of fossil fuel.
Sunday's appearance in Pine Ridge included Thunberg taking part in a panel with youth leaders from Red Cloud Indian School on environmental and indigenous issues.
The Lakota People's Law Project says Thunberg is concerned about the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota as well as plans to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
Thunberg traveled to the United States in August on a sailboat to promote her climate change campaign, then last month organized a worldwide school climate strike back that drew millions of people - mostly students of all grades - to the streets in more than a dozen countries.
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