I passed Billy's house about 50 miles south of Cannon Ball and turned around when I saw the signs. He had walked out to his truck as I drove up the drive way. I introduced myself and told him I saw his signs. He had just returned home from the camp and protest site after being there for 100 days. He said he'll be heading back when things heat back up.
I made an impromptu trip up to Standing Rock Reservation when I read of the arrests of activists standing against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The physical protest was over by the time I arrived, with construction stopped and an injunction filed by the environmental justice group Earthjustice. With the decision forthcoming, the occupation near the pipeline site, in Cannonball, North Dakota, known as Camp of The Sacred Stones, is growing. I wasn’t working for anyone. I went up to make photos for the sake of making photos of what I feel is an important historical issue. I was asked to stay in the common area of the camp unless I was invited outside. The camp is stockpiling donations from everywhere as far as I could tell. On Saturday afternoon I watched pallets of water arrive, meat and other groceries and blankets. I spoke with a younger guy from Canada named Ernest who said they would be there for as long as it takes. Here are a few photos from the trip.