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Kalel Koven

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Standing Rock Reservation - December 2016

The pipeline was supposed to cross the Missouri River in Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota, but the risk of contamination of the city's water was too great for the authorities. As a result, they moved the pipeline route 60 miles further south, near Lake Oahe, just less than 1 mile from the reserve, on land stolen from the tribe in the 1950s. The demonstrators fear the contamination of their drinking water supply in the event of a leak; they refuse to allow it to cross land that is sacred ground according to the Sioux tribe. More recently, the "waters protector" have received the help of hundreds of veterans who have come to support the fight. A situation that goes beyond the environmental issues questioning the history of the foundation of the United States, highlighting the wounds and memory of the Amerindian people, more alive than ever. 
Standing Rock Reservation / North Dakota, USA / December 2016