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New media live streams Hollywood, Standing Rock

FORT YATES, N.D. -- The ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protest has demonstrated the growing influence of nontraditional media, many of whom have flocked to the movement and reach younger audiences in new ways.

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Signs left by protesters demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline sit at the gate of a construction access road where construction has been stopped for several weeks due to the protests near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

FORT YATES, N.D. - The ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protest has demonstrated the growing influence of nontraditional media, many of whom have flocked to the movement and reach younger audiences in new ways.

Two of these millennial news outlets, RYOT and DIAS, conducted a streamed segment Friday that DIAS producer Guy Sol said reached an audience of 10 million people through Facebook and a Huffington Post stream link.

The low-budget, tech-dependent production gathered Hollywood celebrities Ezra Miller, of "Flash" and "Trainwreck," and Shailene Woodley, of "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars," famed old-school union organizer Dolores Huerta and Standing Rock Sioux tribal and youth council members in the same room to talk round-robin about the protest.

The focus was on the Standing Rock youth, who met privately with President Barack Obama during his 2014 visit to Cannon Ball, a small reservation town.

Garrett Hairychin said he's aware of the impact that the youth-centered anti-pipeline movement has made on the world and he believes it's for the long-term good.

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"We're finally getting over the issues of race and separation. We're coming together as a human race. What I see is more unity and everyone will stand together after this," Hairychin said.

Miller prompted Hairychin, noting, "This feels so much bigger than a pipeline ...like a powerful movement."

Huerta, whose lifetime includes civil rights activism and founding of the United Farm Workers, said she believes the youth movement will spread around the world.

"Native people will lead this new peace movement. The only way to save the earth is we all have to participate," said Huerta, who envisioned a peaceful revolution based on actions, intentions and words. "What you've started here on Standing Rock is the beginning. I know it will be successful."

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