In August 2016, a friend reached out for Daniels’ help to organize a running event in D.C. for the Standing Rock youth in North Dakota to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“I had just dipped my toes in the community-activism world for climate justice and other advocacy opportunities, but I was uniquely suited to organize this event for my background in advocacy, and as a fourth-generation runner and fellow Native American,” she says.
Daniel went on to organize the Water is Life Rally and dozens more the following year, which is what inspired her to become a water protector and community organizer. In her role, she invited youth to deliver personalized messages to the Obama administration, Army Corp of Engineers leadership, and key personnel on the Hill using letters and signatures to oppose pipeline access. An incident involving young people being attacked by dogs is what inspired Daniel to be an advocate and organizer. She steadfastly inserted herself into activist groups and co-founded multiple coalitions, working her way into a leading role co-organizing the 2017 People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C., which drew 200,000 people. These and other rapid-response events were organized with the goal to bring communities together and give voice to marginalized communities.
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