A woman walks through the snow during a blizzard
Cannon Ball, ND
Image © Josué Rivas
Opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline began as early as 2014, but in August of 2016, a group of indigenous youth ran from Standing Rock reservation to Washington DC to deliver a letter to President Obama to stop the construction of the pipeline. When they returned to the reservation, hundreds of people had gathered to protest the building of the oil pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River and pose a threat to clean water for the region. These Water Protectors grew to more than 10,000 in number, and represented more than 270 groups and allies and was the largest First Nations gathering in US history. Their non-violent protest was met with harassment, force, arrest, and ultimately eviction in February of 2017, when all legal avenues to stop the pipeline had been exhausted.
“Standing Rock was an awakening of humanity, the old and the new. Our ancestors wildest dreams. In the middle of North Dakota we were not the minority, and even if it was for a short period of time, we were truly free.”
Josué Rivas (Mexica/Otomi) is a visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous people, build awareness about issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island, and be a visual messenger for those in the shadows of our society. He is a 2017 Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the Standing Strong Project, co-founder of Natives Photograph and winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. His work has appeared in publications including National Geographic, The Guardian, and World Policy Journal amongst others. Josué is based in Portland, OR.
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