What Life Is Like Inside the Standing Rock Anti-Pipeline Camp
Driving to the camp at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, where Native American activists have been living in order to halt the construction of the Bakken Pipeline for months, you come across everything all at once: the field dotted with tipis, trailers, and tents; the mud roads lined with flags from dozens of tribal nations flapping in the wind; people riding horses and trucks laden with supplies.
The activists are here to fight a major pipeline that they say will poison their drinking water and pollute tribal lands that have long been held sacred. They won a big victory earlier this month when the Army Corps of Engineers ordered a halt to construction on the pipeline while it reconsidered the matter. But the project has not been canceled and people at Standing Rock know that the fight is far from over; this week, Standing Rock chairman Dave Archambault II went to Geneva to appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The people encamped here have no intention of leaving, even as winter slowly but inexorably approaches.