Standing Rock Nation member speaks to Charlottesville audience about unity

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Charlottesville's 2016 TEDx talk took over the Paramount Ttheater for the fourth year and brought out hundreds of audience members throughout the day.

This year's TEDx talk featured a variety of 20 speakers including Chase Iron Eyes, an activist and a member of the Standing Rock Nation.

During his speech, Iron Eyes said the battle in North Dakota is between people who want clean water and the corporations who force their will, not only on natives but everyone.

He also said after seeing Tuesday's election results, he is more concerned with the pipeline because President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to revive the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"We have to come together as people as Americans," said Iron Eyes. "To protect our constitutional rights, our civil rights and our civil rights to clean drinking water."

During a question and answer session after his TEDx talk, audience members asked what they can do to help the tribe in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Iron Eyes said it's important to continue telling each others stories whether through news outlets or social media, and he also referenced the battle in Nelson County against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Iron Eyes also said water unites us all and that it is time for 'we the people' to step up.

Charlottesville's own Dave Matthews Band plans to also 'Stand with Standing Rock' by holding a benefit concert with the same name to support those fighting the pipeline.

After the concert, the tribe is planning a march on Washington, D.C. later this month.



 
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