I heard the news about Standing Rock’s victory- there will be no drilling of the Dakota Pipeline! The Army Corps of Engineers announced they will find an alternate route for the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. So many people have shown great support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including right here in Detroit. So for today’s street photography post, I thought I would share a few photos I captured of a peaceful protest which was held on Thanksgiving Day.
What is the protest about?
If you’re not familiar with the DAPL protest, here’s a quick explanation of the issue. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Native American Tribes, and their allies are protesting the drilling of the Dakota Access Pipeline because they believe it will contaminate the drinking water. The pipeline would also run over the tribe’s sacred burial sites.
According to The New York Times, the Missouri River is Standing Rock’s primary source of drinking water (“Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Map”, 2016). The pipeline would be built under the Missouri River in North Dakota, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the Mississippi River, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. The protests began in April 2016.
Standing with Standing Rock
While Travis and I were at the parade, I noticed there was a peaceful protest of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. Protesters were standing with Standing Rock in opposition of the drilling of the pipeline. It wasn’t hard for me to walk through the crowd. The protesters were very kind and even asked if I was with the media (I am not). I took the photos of the protest because I wanted to capture a a very real moment of people standing together to voice their love and support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I knew it was a very important cause and I wanted to document it.Detroit Street Photography Series: Standing with Standing Rock #peacefulprotest #standingrock Click To Tweet
Solidarity with Standing Rock
Now, I normally do not post about my political beliefs. I decided to share the photos because it is a part of my street photography series. It amazed me to see so many people across the world come together to show their love and support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. People of many different cultures, not just Americans, used their voice to speak out against the drilling of the pipeline. Even U.S. Veterans showed their support for Standing Rock. Seeing so many people come together in unity was truly inspiring.
The Future of Standing Rock
I have read articles stating many believe there is still work to do in ensuring the drilling does not happen. Many fear the ruling will be overturned by President-elect Donald Trump. Trump supported the drilling of the pipeline and he owns stock in the company. Hopefully, the ruling will be honored and a different route will be found.
*Special Note: The photographs featured on this post are mine; I took the images in Detroit, Michigan. I have cited the facts from its original sources. Today’s post is part of my “Detroit Street Photography” series.
For further reading:
- NBC: “What’s Next for the Dakota Access Pipeline? Some Protesters Wary of the Future.”
- Wikipedia: “Dakota Access Pipeline Protests”
- EcoWatch: “19 Facts That Led to Standing Rock’s Victory”