Indigenous youth group wins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Mark Trahant

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award honors people who stand up to oppression

News release

International Indigenous Youth Council

It is with great honor that the International Indigenous Youth Council will be accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for 2018.  The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award honors an individual or group of individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. Since inception, the Human Rights Award has honored activists from 30 countries.  We will be joined by United We Dream, Color of Change and March for Our Lives in accepting this award on June 5, 2018, in Washington DC.

The International Indigenous Youth Council is an organization that was started and led by womxn and two-spirit peoples during the Standing Rock Indigenous Uprising of 2016, while peacefully protecting the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have extended the reach of the organization by establishing chapters across Turtle Island, including Chicago, Denver, Texas (Yanaguana Chapter), New Mexico, and South Dakota. We are rooted in the protection of the elements and have been brought together and continue to be guided by the prayer for the water. We aspire to inspire young individuals to build bridges of solidarity and become leaders of their communities.

We are so excited to share our accomplishment with our Denver community.  The IIYC is headquartered here in Denver, CO and we are currently recruiting Youth Leaders and Young Adult Mentors.  If you have any questions or would like to speak with us please email Thomas Lopez at or visit our website at

On Social Media: @IIYCFamily


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