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What do you think is the best way to make your voice heard? Is there a cause or issue that would motivate you to take action and protest as they did in Standing Rock? #DoNowDAPL

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Resistance at Standing Rock

After a long standoff with authorities, protesters at the sprawling camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota celebrated a tentative victory last week following an announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of a nearby oil pipeline.

The protest has attracted international attention and drawn thousands of activists, including members from hundreds of American Indian tribes and their supporters, making it one of the largest American Indian resistance efforts in history.  For months, they have waged a hard-fought battle against the completion of the Dakota Access project, a 1,170-mile pipeline that would transport more than 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota across the Plains to Illinois. The $3.8 billion project is almost complete, except for a portion underneath Lake Oahe near the Missouri River, which borders the reservation.

For those unable to travel to camp, there were alternative ways to make their stance known. By calling and writing letters to elected officials, signing petitions, and staging marches in major cities around the country, supporters of the Sioux Tribe resistance made their opinion heard.

What do you think is the most effective way for your voice to be heard?

More Resources

ARTICLE: Understanding the Standoff at Standing Rock (The Lowdown/KQED)
Learn more about the historical significance of the resistance in North Dakota.

ARTICLE: ‘Make America Love Again’: Anti-Trump Protests Urge Action, Empathy (KQED)
Bay Area residents responded to this year’s presidential election results by creating a “Wall of Empathy” for individuals to share there thoughts. See some of the images from this form of protest.


  • Sammy Johnson, Jr.

    I’m at odds with this topic, because if it were to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote that increases the threshold of active voters. At the same time, I feel that 16 and 17 year olds can be influenced easier into how they use their vote. I feel if there was a way to measure the persons dedication to their vote; there would be more willingness to let this happen. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Katy Aguirre

    The best way to make your voice heard is to get out of your comfort zone and stand up for what you truly believe is right because others might have the same belief as you and you’ll become a growing inspiration. #mrshepardAG #DoNowVoter

  • Ben LI

    The best way to get your voice hear would be to be famous or connect and have a big following. The only way to make me join the protest at standing rock would be if the issue would affect me. If I had a native american friend who was there I would help but other wise i wouldn’t want to get shot at and spray with water. The standing rock event was really sad it show how much some just didn’t care about the live of other.

  • Julian Kirk

    The best way to get your voice heard would be by having connections or reaching out to people who are well known/famous or being well known/famous yourself so you can get your voice out to a larder audience who will actually listen. What was done to stop the building of the pipeline is another way to get your voice heard but I feel like it is a lot more dangerous but sometimes you have to take risks to get what you want I suppose.

  • Lorena Z

    I believe that the best way to get your voice heard would be by taking action. You could go out to do peaceful protest, reaching out to other people who have the same belief and plan something, or have connections. If you step out of your comfort zone and stand up for what you believe in then you could make a difference. You’re letting your voice be heard by millions of people and other people might join in with you. It is best to not just sit around and only speak to yourself, but to go out and truly stand for it.


Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email: mgreen@kqed.org; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown

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