MALIA OBAMA, the eldest daughter of former President Obama, attended the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline held at the Sundance Film Festival.
The $3.7bn (£2.8bn) pipeline is planned at nearly 1,200 miles (1,900km) long to transport some 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day across four states, from North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois, where it can be shipped to refineries.
Environmental activists say the pipeline, which is claimed will create a more cost-effective, efficient means of transporting crude, rather than shipping barrels by train, would perpetuate fossil fuel production, while others argued that project would contaminate drinking water and damage sacred burial sites
The 18-year-old was seen at the standing rock solidarity event in Park City in Utah on Friday (Jan 27).
She is reported to have left her family’s Caribbean holiday to attend the largest independent film festival in the US.
Fellow protester and actress, Shailene Woodley, applauded Malia and said it was “amazing” to see her at the demonstration.
“To witness a human being and a woman coming in to her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to,” Shailene, who has been a key part of the protests, told Democracy Now.
“Because she recognises, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.”
Malia, who left the White House just over a week ago, will start Harvard University in September.