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STANDING ROCK, NORTH DAKOTA

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“HOW CAN WE STAND IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE? BECAUSE I WAS BORN TO THIS LAND, BECAUSE THE ROOTS GROW OUT OF MY FEET, BECAUSE I LOVE THIS LAND AND I HONOR THE WATER.” – LADONNA BRAVE BULL ALLARD, FOUNDER OF SACRED STONE CAMP

Young drummers playing contemporary indigenous pop songs while ring dancers circle a fire.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Concertina wire blocks the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline worksite on North Dakota Highway 6.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Two Water Protectors exploring camp in front of a geodesic dome brought by the Burning Man group “Red Lightning.”

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Water Protectors gather on the Backwater Bridge to lead prayer ceremonies.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Morton County Sheriff Department Officers stationed in 24 hour surveillance positions around the perimeter of the Oceti Sakowen Camp while DAPL aerial surveillance fly overhead, despite a federally mandated no fly zone.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Members of the Oceti Sakowen security team monitor police activity to protect a prayer gathering at the bridge.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

A Water Protector stands in defiance as militarized police patrol a sacred burial ground, far from the DAPL work site. Earlier in the day Water Protectors who attempted to hold a prayer ceremony on this holy ground were sprayed with tear gas and mace.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

A Water Protector from New Mexico pauses from carving a ceremonial bow to give to a young friend.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network hosting a livestream from “Facebook hill,” one of the only places in Oceti Sakowin camp to receive phone service.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

A camp elder traveling with her daughter retells the history of the Lakota people.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

At night and during prayer ceremonies DAPL surveillance helicopters and airplanes fly particularly low, drowning out prayer and disturbing sleep.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Water Protectors gather on the Backwater Bridge to lead prayer ceremonies.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

A tipi in Oceti Sakowin camp under the full moon. The Lakota word thípi [ˈtʰipi] means “a dwelling” or “they dwell”, from the verb thí, meaning “to dwell”.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

Water Protectors work with the Overpass Light Brigade to visualize the rallying cry of camp.

Photo Credit: Taliesin Gilkes-Bower

This flag represents one of hundreds of tribes who have come together in a historic gathering at Standing Rock to stand in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Photo Credit: Austin Peck

Burnt military vehicles serve as the Standing Rock front line, creating a boundary between the Water Protectors and police.

Photo Credit: Austin Peck

Keytha Fixico, our friend and guide, traveled from Arizona to volunteer at Standing Rock and protect people on the front line.

Photo Credit: Austin Peck

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