Trump Is In; Now Where Does Standing Rock Stand?

Due to the violent repression of the water protectors by the police, 3,000 veterans came to Standing Rock to act as human shields for the Water Protectors. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)Due to the violent repression of the Water Protectors by the police, 3,000 veterans came to Standing Rock to act as human shields for the Water Protectors. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)

A Water Protector lifts up his voice to the world during Morning Prayer. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)A Water Protector lifts up his voice to the world during Morning Prayer. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)

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Inauguration Day is here. The wait is over. The administration that is threatening to devastate the future of our world has taken power. Trump, a proud climate denier and adamant supporter of the fossil fuel industry, “intends to cut the bureaucratic red tape put in place by the Obama administration that has prevented our country from diversifying our energy portfolio,” according to his transition team. So where does that leave Standing Rock and the 10-month-long struggle to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL)?

"The mantra, Mni Wiconi ('water is life') is the cry that thunders out from a tiny encampment in a remote part of the United States and is being heard around the world," says Toni Cervantes a relentless Water Protector and photojournalist for the Oceti Sakowin Camp. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)“The mantra, Mni Wiconi (‘water is life’) is the cry that thunders out from a tiny encampment in a remote part of the United States and is being heard around the world,” says Toni Cervantes a relentless Water Protector and photojournalist for the Oceti Sakowin Camp. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)

The struggle in Standing Rock reflects the universal tensions and conflicts between the interests of capitalism and the interests of people and Mother Earth. This is a decisive moment on the world stage, and the outcome will set a precedent of what’s to come.

“The water protectors continue to camp there because they are concerned. Dakota Access is still working at the site, even though that is supposed to be on hold…. And the National Guard has [Avenger] missile systems, that are allegedly unarmed … pointed at the camp.” — Angela Bibens

Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main resistance camp, is on a flood plain, so the camp is in the process of relocating before March. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other Worlds)Oceti Sakowin Camp, the main resistance camp, is on a flood plain, so the camp is in the process of relocating before March. (Photo: Human Pictures and Other…

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