Standing Rock attracted the attention of the world in its fight against the building of the Dakota access pipeline that would risk polluting the water supply. Now, in the aftermath of what appears to be a failure to stop the pipeline, stories of success are emerging, including an increased effort to help the Standing Rock reservation to transition to sustainable enterprises such as using alternative sources of energy, cultural healing, and permaculture projects. Learn what happened at Standing Rock, the water protector movement that is going strong, and the great efforts currently underway that will continue to inspire the world.
Phyllis Young is a highly respected native woman elder and an influential voice for the Standing Rock reservation. She was one of the first women to stand up for water that led to the high-profile confrontation between indigenous peoples and their allies from all over the world with the corporate interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since the closing of Standing Rock's main camps, Phyllis has been actively working on helping the tribe become more self-sustaining and less dependent on fossil fuels through a variety of projects. She has been a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations, Coordinator of the First International Indian Treaty Council in 1974, Coordinator of the Geneva Conference in 1977, former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian, and a former Tribal Council member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.