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Does Colonialism Still Impact Communities Today?

To Understand the Present, We Must Look to the PastBy IndyKids staff In the 1700s and 1800s, rich and powerful European countries, such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, began to venture out in search of more land and resources that they deemed valuable. They began to establish colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and …

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Indigenous Youth Run 93 Miles to Put Pressure on President Biden to Close the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Musa Hasan, age 12 Several dozen Indigenous youth, some as young as 9 years old, from Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Reservation ran 93 miles to put pressure on President Biden to close the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The event took place on Feb. 9, 2021, in sub-zero temperatures, starting in Timber Lake, South …

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“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” – Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Justice

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 11 and Indykids Staff Young people are making history as powerful leaders in the fight against climate change. Sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is receiving global attention for her work and has quickly become the face of the movement. Thunberg’s work has been of great importance in the school strike …

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History for Young People

By: August Kaiser Age, 11 and Indykids staff Kids aren’t always being taught the truth about Native American history, and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz wants this to change, so she encourages them to learn about history from resources produced by Native Americans and other communities of color who are often either misrepresented in textbooks or left …

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Someday You Could Be a Lawyer and an Activist Like Tara Houska

By Lila Katch, age 14 Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She’s an attorney (lawyer) and the co-founder of Not Your Mascots, an organization dedicated to fighting against stereotypical Native representations in sports. She’s also an adviser to Matriarch, a new political organization that tries to increase the number of women politicians from …

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