Indigenous leaders meet in Rapid City to fight for clean water

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Indigenous leaders from the US as well as New Zealand and Canada are meeting in Rapid City to share resources in the fight for clean water.

They aim to coordinate the indigenous community worldwide and devise a plan for protecting lakes, rivers and oceans.

The leaders want to educate the world about the importance of preserving nature.

That survival of biodiversity that the world community relies on the be healthy and strong is being kept alive by indigenous peoples and youth,” says Wakinyan Lapointe, Mni Ki Wakan Water Summit co-convener, “So we want to help lead this dialogue on a more sustainable trajectory and of course, correct it.”

Environmental leaders from the Black Hills are also discussing gold and uranium mining in the area.

The conference runs through Thursday.

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