WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 - The Wallace Global Fund (WGF) presented its inaugural Henry A. Wallace (HAW) award to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for its “brave resistance in defending sacred land and water against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II accepted a $250,000 award June 8 on behalf of the Tribe. The HAW award was established to commemorate the legacy of the Fund’s donor, by “highlighting extraordinary examples of courage in standing up to abuse of corporate and government power.”

WGF also pledged up to a million dollars in investments to support new renewable energy projects led by the Tribe as an “alternative model for economic development and energy justice.” The award ceremony featured a video that WGF says emphasizes the courage and activism of the Standing Rock Sioux and the progressive values and legacy of HAW.

To view the award video, click here. The Henry A. Wallace award is named after the 33rd vice president of the U.S., a strong supporter of New Deal liberalism, who also served as secretary of agriculture and of commerce. On its website, the Wallace Global Fund says it is part of a growing “asset activism” movement with a mission “to create a sustainable planet where social justice and respect for human rights can flourish.”