Less than a week after police razed Oceti Sakowin, the main demonstration camp behind the effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, some of the last resisters who hail from these prairie lands embraced the anniversary to find closure and to heal.
Bulldozers dug into temporary structures, police slashed open teepee-style dwellings and more than two dozen people were arrested at the heavily militarized evacuation of the last protesters at Oceti Sakowin, the main camp at Standing Rock.
They have the camps surrounded – dozens of North Dakota police and National Park Service rangers who are counting down the hours to clear the network of camps behind the Dakota Access Pipeline battle.
New realities about the nearly yearlong Standing Rock demonstration started to be realized.
A new hearing calling for a halt in construction of the last leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline is scheduled for Feb. 27. Many believe it may be the tribes’ last legal hope.
For the foot soldiers behind the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the battle isn’t over.
It’s as though the long months of protests and delays over the Dakota Access Pipeline were whisked away in an instant.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been fighting for more than a year to stop a crude-oil line from crossing its primary water supply, is not surprised by the latest turn of events.
North Dakota’s new governor, Doug Burgum, shares much with his predecessor, Jack Dalrymple, including support of the hotly contested Dakota Access Pipeline.
A Native American journalist embedded at Standing Rock will be blogging for Reveal as events unfold on the ground in North Dakota.