Loneman School Student Ambassadors #NoKXL

In the last 2 months of the 2019 school year, the 4th grade class at Isna Wica Owayawa (Loneman School) in Oglala, South Dakota delved into a Design For Change USA project where we researched the Keystone XL Pipeline, specifically in the context of our community. 

Through this project, we learned about climate change, pros and cons to oil pipelines, and most importantly, how our families and community feel about the KXL. We mapped out the issue using a root cause analysis chart, which helped us understand that we can't learn about pipelines without first understanding this land and the settler-colonialism/colonization that has put it in jeopardy.

Our project narrowed in on SD Bill 189, a.k.a the Riot Boosting Act  passed by the state legislature and governor Kristi Noem back in March 2019. We learned, through the help of our friend Nick Tilsen from NDNCollective , that this law aims to curtail our rights to protest--against the KXL, for our land and our people.

The students decided that it was time to be heard. They researched all 105 state lawmakers, their home addresses and whether each lawmaker voted to pass SD Bill 189. We wroteletters to these lawmakers, urging them to rethink their vote on SD Bill 189.
We have learned that our KXL pipeline project was selected by Design For Change USA as a winning submission.  A few of us will be traveling to the global DFC conference to represent our story and community at the Vatican in November!



Loneman School will send 8 student ambassadors and 5 adult chaperones to the annual I CAN Global Children's Summit in Rome, Italy from November 25th to December 1st, 2019. 

The estimated cost for each person to travel and participate in the conference is US$2000. The breakdown for each personis as follows: 

International flight: $900-$1100
Booking service fee: $23
Hotel 6 nights: $300
Dinner 6 nights: $210
Care packages for students: $50
Travel insurance: $25
Shuttles: $50
Airport transportation: $50
Farewell party: $30
Spending money: $200

*As we collect funds, Loneman School will front travel and lodging costs with the help from grants and funds we've applied for through the tribe. Once our campaign is complete, the money we raise will be used to pay back the school*

Please help support these students! Your contributions will ensure that our ambassadors can travel and represent the Oglala Sioux Tribe on a global stage.
  • Carla Jones 
    • $10 
    • 24 mos
  • eva harryson 
    • $50 
    • 24 mos
  • Vicki Tillman 
    • $25 
    • 24 mos
  • Lorine Horvath  
    • $50 
    • 24 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 24 mos
See all


Kat Hyslop 
Mission, SD
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