On a rainy Thursday afternoon ten citizens of the Standing Rock Youth Group traveled to New York City in the hopes of meeting with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at her downtown Brooklyn headquarters. The youth, Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry, and about one-hundred supporters first gathered on the famous Brooklyn Heights Promenade where they took turns speaking about their personal feelings on the Dakota Access pipeline and how it has affected life in their community.
Adam Kills Alive sharing his feeling on the pipeline with supporters and press. Cliff Matias.
The group then marched to Clinton HQ to hand deliver a letter they personally prepared.
Left to Right: William Brown Hunter, Kenny Uses Arrow, and Adam Kills Alive lead the group as they make their way to Hillary Clinton's HQ in Downtown Brooklyn. Cliff Matias.
In the lobby of the office building they constructed a tipi and sang a round dance song, accompanied by dancers. Mrs. Clinton was not in the building, as she was campaigning in North Carolina, yet her office refused to send down a representative to accept the letter.
Youth constructed a tipi in the lobby of Hillary Clinton's office building. Cliff Matias.
Standing Rock Youth drummed a song so there voices could be heard. Cliff Matias.
Thirteen year-old Tilkata Ironeyes, of Standing Rock, cried as she asked the front desk attendants to please accept the group’s letter, which they refused to do. It was left on their desk as two-dozen New York City Police officers entered the lobby and gave orders for everyone to exit the building or face arrest. The crowd left quietly and without incident.
Tilkata Ironeyes attempted to leave a letter written by the youth at the front desk, but no one from Hillary Clinton's office would accept it. Cliff Matias.
A long line of blue NYC police tell the protectors to leave the building or be arrested. Cliff Matias.
The envelope remained on the desk as police escorted the group from the building. Cliff Matias.
Outside the building, as the group was making parting remarks, police again threatened arrest if they did not disburse. “This makes us so sad that no one from her office had the respect for us to at least accept our letter,” commented Tilkata Ironeyes.
Ramapough Chief Dwain Perry meets with Standing Rock Youth. Cliff Matias.
At the same time this was happening in NYC, hundreds of North Dakota state troopers were moving in on the front line camp, which had many of the youth concerned. "We are worried about our people. They are attacking us right now on our homeland," said Kenny Uses Arrow.
By early evening, the Clinton campaign issued a formal statement addressing the DAPL conflict, which can be read in our article at the link below.