Native Nations March

Guide to Indigenous DC

Native Nations March

Washington, Fort Lesley J. McNair, District of Columbia 20515, United States

Created By: Dr. Elizabeth Rule - The Guide To Indigenous Lands Project


On March 10, 2017, Native activists broke records by holding a demonstration with a record participant turn out. The Native Nations March, sponsored by activist group Native Nations Rise and led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, unfolded as a procession of approximately ten thousands marchers who sang, prayed, and called for action as they moved along the National Mall. The march followed three days of lobbying in support of environmental protections.

Such strong participation is attributed to the heightened awareness and momentum surrounding the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the resulting Standing Rock movement. Activists used the march to call on President Donald Trump to acknowledge treaty rights, enforce tribal consent, and protect life-giving waters.

Longtime activist and historian Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway) said that the Native Nations March represented the largest Native-led demonstration in DC history.

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