The International Indigenous Youth Council
The International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) is an organization that was started and led by womxn and two-spirit peoples during the Standing Rock Indigenous Uprising of 2016, while peacefully protecting the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The organization has extended its reach by establishing chapters across Turtle Island, including Chicago, Denver, Texas (Yanaguana Chapter), New Mexico, and South Dakota. IIYC is rooted in the protection of the elements and has been brought together and continues to be guided by the prayer for the water. IIYC aspires to inspire young individuals to build bridges of solidarity and become leaders of their communities.