Published January 27, 2017
PARK CITY, UTAH — While her parents, the former First Couple, headed to the Caribbean for a post-presidency vacation, 18-year-old Malia Obama attended the Sundance Film Festival on Monday evening.
She attended an event billed by the Sundance Festival as a session “to learn from Standing Rock leadership about the movement-the fight to protect the water, the battle to protect sacred land, and the challenges that lie ahead.”
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II gave an update on the ever- changing situation at Standing Rock in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline.
“I thought it was pretty cool that Malia Obama was there. I thought it was cooler that there was a room full of water protectors that came straight from the front line,” Shane McSauby (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), Sundance Institute – Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow.
“It was amazing to see Malia,” the actress Shailene Woodley told Democracy Now.
“To witness a human being and a woman coming in to her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to,” Woodley said. “Because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.”
Before the event, the protesters stood outside the Chase Bank to host a divest rally and round dance. Chase Bank is a financial investor in the Dakota Access pipeline. The crowd then marched down Main Street as they sang and chanted “Water is Life!”
Malia Obama will begin Harvard University this fall. In the meantime, she was willing to show her support of the #NoDAPL movement.
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