On Feb. 15, 2017, the Governor of North Dakota ordered an immediate evacuation of the Standing Rock Water Protectors, who have been living in a camp to make a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. The water protectors, along with their supporters around the world, have been protesting since last year to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which endangers sacred areas of tribal land and poses a threat to the purity of the main water source of the Standing Rock tribe, as well as the Missouri River itself.
An article published in "YES!" magazine in January 2017 provides an excellent overview of the struggle at Standing Rock, as well as the impact the Standing Rock protest has had by showing the world the power of resistance through nonviolent action, prayer, and an inspirational pre-colonial indigenous community based on equality and stewardship of the Earth. To read the article in its entirety, please click on this link: http://reports.yesmagazine.org/spirit-of-standing-rock/