The Fight Over Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

After a winter of protests from Native Americans and activists at the Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump moved to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

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Campers set structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2 p.m. deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Feb. 22, 2017, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Campers set structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2 p.m. deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Feb. 22, 2017, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Activists and protesters have occupied the Standing Rock Sioux reservation for months in opposition to the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Campers light structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2 p.m. deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Feb. 22, 2017, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Activists and protesters have occupied the Standing Rock Sioux reservation for months in opposition to the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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A fire burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, as authorities prepared to shut down camp in advance of the spring flooding season. The Army Corps of Engineers ordered the camp closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
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Lance Browneyes, along with other Dakota Access Pipeline protestors around the country, demonstrate in response to the Army Corps of Engineers saying it will clear the way for completion of the disputed $3.8 billion project to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois, outside the Army's offices in Los Angeles, California, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) recieved final permission from the United States Army to proceed with a crossing of the Missouri River in southern North Dakota. The tribe fears a pipeline leak could contaminate its drinking water.
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President Donald Trump shows off his signature on an executive order advancing construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
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Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally as they protest US President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing their construction, at Lafayette Park next to the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 24, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive orders Tuesday reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation.
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Hay is stacked up to feed horses at a protest encampment along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball in southern North Dakota on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an executive action to advance construction of the pipeline, which opponents believe threatens drinking water and cultural sites.
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An Native American activist rides down from a ridge which overlooks Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Activists participate in an art project conceived by Cannupa Hunska Luger, from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 3, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois.
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Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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US US veterans and native americans hold hands in prayer and solidarity on the road near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Chief Arvol Looking Horse (L) of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation listens to speakers during an interfaith ceremony at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 4, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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A crowd gathers in celebration at the Oceti Sakowin camp after it was announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't grant easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Dec. 4, 2016.
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Native American activists from the Colville tribe in Washington state embrace after stepping on shore following a journey from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe to join activists at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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J.P.Pacodas of the Colville tribe in Washington state talks about her journey after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe to join activists at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Nov. 30, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Night falls on Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Native Americans from Washington state arrive at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Patty Sam Porter of the Colville tribe in Washington state is welcomed after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe to join activists at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Activist staying at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation set up a tent on Nov. 30, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Snow covers the ground at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Native American activists, (L to R) J.P. Pacodas, Patty Sam Porter, and Virginia Redstar the Colville tribe in Washington state talk about their journey after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe to join activists at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Native Americans from Washington state arrive at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation after traveling from the headwaters of the Missouri River in a dugout canoe on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Night falls on Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Nov. 30, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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Military veterans confront police guarding a bridge near Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Dec. 1, 2016, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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