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Urban Native Era December 15 at 2:24pm ·
Shailene Woodley and Bobbi Jean Three Legs
“Water is life,” said Bobbi Jean Three Legs, at Standing Rock Sioux, this past summer in Washington, D.C., after leading 30 young Native Americans on a 2,000-mile relay run from their reservation in North Dakota to the nation’s capital. They were carrying a petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—a petition meant to block the construction of an oil pipeline across the Missouri River, her tribe’s drinking-water source.
Actor Shailene Woodley, appalled at the scant press coverage of the run and the mission, was there alongside her, and when Three Legs returned home to North Dakota—where a small encampment of local families soon grew into a major national civil rights protest—Woodley was there too.
“Now it’s an international affair,” she says. “Our people have been silenced for so long that they didn’t even want to stand up to voice their opinion,” says Three Legs. “That’s why I stood up. Now people around the world relate to us and everything we’re going through—as part of the human race, not just as indigenous people. Just because the pipeline is right beside Natives doesn’t mean everybody else isn’t going to be affected. We’re all human beings, no matter what color your skin.” Via Vogue