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16 Voices From Standing Rock

Sunrise reveals the Sacred Stones Camp where the Standing Rock Sioux have been joined by members of 280 Native American tribes, including Susan Leopold of the Potowatomack of Virginia. (Photo by Alyssa Schukar for the New York Times)

With some 280 tribes represented, there are many voices to be heard at the Sacred Stone Camp explaining what has driven each group and person to join the Standing Rock Sioux in their efforts to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under the Missouri River just north of their reservation.

From the thousands of people gathered, 16 had their thoughts highlighted this weekend by the New York Times in a series of photo portraits and quotes by Alyssa Schukar and Jack Healy.

Shirley Romero Otero from the Chicana of Colorado put words to a sentiment shared by many:

“Our hearts pulled us this way, because the next battle after losing our land is truly the fight for water.”

See the photos and read the stories.


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