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Olivia Riggio is a writer and journalist based in New York City and New Jersey. She has bylines in publications including The Indypendent, FAIR.org and Indian Country Today. Her writing focuses on the importance of independent media and the intersection of art, culture and activism.

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The Niagara River is seen west of the river on May 26, 2018 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. | Photo by Patrick Gorski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
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Autumn Peltier: ‘Water Warrior’ for Marginalized Communities

Autumn Peltier is passionate about granting communites acess to clean water. It's a cause she has been fighting for since she was at least 12 years old. 
Ruth Miller attends Brown University's first Indigenous People's Day celebration as a sophomore in 2016. | Nick Dentamaro / Brown University
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Ruth Miller: Alaska Native Approaches Climate Crisis with Radical Compassion

Ruth Miller is a member of the Dena’ina Athabascan Alaska Native tribe who believes prioritizing Indigenous women’s voices in discussions about climate justice is crucial.
 Members of the the San Carlos Apache Nation attend a protest outside the U.S. Capitol against a land swap that "threatens the sacred Apache Leap site with environmental damage from nearby high-risk copper." July 22, 2015. | Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Naelyn Pike: Apache Fighter and Sacred Site Protector

Naelyn Pike, Chiricahua Apache, is fighting with paperwork and by speaking out to stop Resolution Copper, a foreign-owned mining company, from extracting copper ore from the Apache sacred site in Arizona. 
Xiye Bastida attends a CHOOSE US - Youth Climate Strike Demands Solutions And Action Now conversation with youth climate leaders at The New York Society for Ethical Culture. | Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Xiye Bastida: Making Room for Climate Activists of All Backgrounds  

Xiye Bastida is committed to helping create a future where climate activism is a space where people feel included and their actions matter.
A Standing Rock Sioux flag flies over a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota where members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters gathered to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access oil Pipeline (DAPL), September 3, 2016.
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Cody Two Bears: The Force Behind the 300-kilowatt Solar Farm on Standing Rock

Cody Two Bears is merging his Standing Rock Sioux cultural knowledge and desire for climate justice to empower his community through renewable energy. 
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