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Christmas Arrives for Hundreds of Hunkered Down Standing Rock Water Protectors


CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA – Even though the winter solstice officially arrived at 5:44 a.m. this past Wednesday morning, it has already been a long winter for the water protectors, who have opposing the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. For most of December, water protectors have faced fierce snowstorms, coupled with the harsh prairie winds, that have brought windchill temperatures well below zero, water protectors are enjoying Christmas in the warmth of camp fires, propane heaters and generosity of thousands across Indian Country and beyond.

Lee Sprague, a former ogema (tribal chair) of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, has settled into his home away from home. He is among the hundreds living in the encampments this winter.


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