Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Wounded on the front line at Standing Rock, a protester refuses to give up her fight


On the night Vanessa Dundon was shot in the eye, she was on the front lines looking up at a phalanx of police.

It was after sundown on a cold night at the Backwater Bridge at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Dundon, 31, a Navajo and mother of four, had arrived two months earlier to join thousands of others in their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Working security for the pipeline resisters, Dundon trailed a group of men as they approached two burnt-out trucks, abandoned on the bridge during a chaotic day of mass protest and arrests. Now pipeline foes wanted to clear them and open the road for emergency vehicles.


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