A host of big names tweeted their support for Indigenous People’s Day, a longstanding counterpoint to Columbus Day that President Biden made official with a declaration on Friday.
Leonardo DiCaprio was among the A-listers who made the connection between the day of remembrance and Indigenous Peoples’ stewardship of the land.
“Let’s stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples’ climate leadership,” tweeted the Oscar winner. “We must call on our leaders to recognize the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples and end fossil fuel expansion once and for all.”
The text was also shared by fellow Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon.
Mark Ruffalo also shared that text and followed with: “Indigenous leaders are calling on Biden to move past promises and commit to real climate action. Like ending fracking and shutting down all pipelines. It’s time to #StopLine3 #BuildBackFossilFree.”
StopLine3 is a reference to the fight against an $8 billion pipeline replacement project that funnels Canadian oil sands crude to refineries in the Midwest and also the Gulf Coast. Like the better-known Keystone XL project, Line 3 has been the target of Indigenous and environmental activists who say it violates tribal agreements and fear it could pollute sensitive habitat. While Biden nixed the Keystone project, he allowed Line 3 to go through.
Ruffalo also tweeted a statement calling calling on politicians to respect Indigenous Peoples’ sovereignty: “We must also stand in solidarity and call on our leaders to recognize the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples to decide what happens in their own territories.”
The tweets coincided with peaceful protests over Line 3 outside the White House today.
Let's stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples' climate leadership. We must call on our leaders to recognize the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples and end fossil fuel expansion once and for all. #StopLine3 #BuildBackFossilFree #PeopleVsFossilFuels #IndigenousPeoplesDay pic.twitter.com/opi3lQEaq9
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) October 11, 2021
Indigenous leaders are calling on Biden to move past promises and commit to real climate action. Like ending fracking and shutting down all pipelines. It’s time to #StopLine3 #BuildBackFossilFree pic.twitter.com/rpft0UcaZS
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 11, 2021
Let's stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples' climate leadership. We must call on our leaders to recognize the sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples and end fossil fuel expansion once and for all. #StopLine3 #BuildBackFossilFree #PeopleVsFossilFuels #IndigenousPeoplesDay pic.twitter.com/UNCR7AzaUa
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) October 11, 2021
— Bill Ragen (@bill_ragen) October 11, 2021
On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we should be grateful for the vital role that Indigenous peoples play in protecting the 80% of Earth's biodiversity that exists in lands managed by Indigenous peoples & local communities. We must uplift & stand with Indigenous leaders around the world.
— Al Gore (@algore) October 11, 2021
Maybe a country that continues to honor a genocidal maniac with a federal holiday isn't capable of holding accountable other powerful white men who are responsible for mass death. It's time to change that.#IndigenousPeoplesDay
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) October 11, 2021
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) October 11, 2021
A great way to celebrate #IndigenousPeoplesDay is to honor the indigenous activists who resisted the Keystone Pipeline.
Watch & share our film on the Native Youth Alliance: an organization that was integral in the fight to stop the pipeline. pic.twitter.com/iG3ZqLs5Yb
— Brave New Films (@bravenewfilms) October 11, 2021
I grew up in Ruidoso, NM next to the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, home to 2,800 members of the Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan bands of Apaches. On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, I honor them and the other 1000+ Native American tribes for their contributions to our country.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 11, 2021
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) October 11, 2021
Happy Indigenous People’s Day!
This is my GG Grandmother, Kaleiho’opio from Kaua’i. I may not have a lot of Hawaiian blood but I’m very proud of what I do have. Today I honor my indigenous ancestors#IndigenousPeoplesDay #ProudHawaiian pic.twitter.com/UZV98O88lE
— Kelly Hu (@KellyHu) October 11, 2021
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 11, 2021
Join us in commemorating #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Read full statement here: https://t.co/sjOzM4Nfhl
— IATSE // #IASolidarity (@IATSE) October 11, 2021
From the first days of this country, Native Americans were lied to, their treaties violated and their rights ignored. Today on #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we recommit to stand with them in the fight for justice and dignity.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 11, 2021
We’re honored to continue to work with the American Indian Working Group to educate ourselves and our fan base while identifying ways to celebrate multiple tribes with a historic connection to our region. #IndigenousPeoplesDay
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 11, 2021
Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay! Today we encourage you to take a look at some of the histories and cultures of Native American communities. ⤵️ (1/6)
— PBS (@PBS) October 11, 2021
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