Standing Strong at Standing Rock

July 6, 2017 14 photos
  • Awakened—not only to the fossil fuel industries’ ceaseless assaults for profit, but also to the centuries-long struggle of indigenous people in America. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Over 2,000 veterans arrived at Oceti Sakowin Camp on a day that began with a playing of reveille. Other calls to action followed throughout the camp. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Many came prepared for nonviolent direct action, including 18-year-old Derrick Spencer, who drove up with his family from Salt Lake City, Utah, with a homemade gas mask fashioned from plastic bottles. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • At a noon press conference, veterans learned they would not participate in any direct action unless it was prayerful and approved by the elders of the camp. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Wes Clark Jr. and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • “Unless we protect our water there is no economy,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • The news that the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit to the pipeline project left many skeptical until Standing Rock Chairman David Archambault spoke to a section of the camp. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • On the notorious Highway 1806, Dr. Cornel West reacts to the news of the halt on construction. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • One of the happiest women in Oceti Sakowin Camp. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Veterans and camp security cheered the unexpected news. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Song, prayer and celebrations continued throughout the day. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Tribe members continued to occupy Highway 1806. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • Hundreds continued to arrive throughout the evening. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)

  • What began months ago as a seven-woman protest on sacred Sioux grounds grew into a wide, historic movement. The estimated number of people at the camp at any given time recently well exceeds 10,000. (Michael Nigro / Truthdig)