And in New York City, hundreds of people gathered to protest and disrupt Citibank’s annual shareholder meeting to show their opposition to the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. The protest was led by indigenous women. Citibank has invested in both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, which have faced resistance over concerns the pipelines could contaminate land and drinking water, violate the sovereignty of indigenous nations and contribute to climate change. These are two indigenous women “Fancy Dancers,” speaking after they danced down the aisles of the shareholder meeting and onto the stage.
Fancy Dancer 1: “We went in there, and they laughed. They told us to get jobs. But I thought, as long as people are taking from Mother Earth, I will always have work to do. I will always need to be working, as long as there’s people like them in there. And it didn’t get to me at all. I just danced. And I hope that they felt what I felt. And I hope that made them think again what they were saying and what they’re paying for. Thank you so much for being here.”
Fancy Dancer 2: “Also there were people in there who clapped for us.”
Fancy Dancer 1: “Yes, there were. There were people.”
Fancy Dancer 2: “There were women in there who were clapping for us, so it wasn’t all just bad energy.”