Water protectors vow to defend Indigenous sovereignty

Police surrounded the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock as C-L went to press, arresting the first of the remaining water protectors. The latter called for solidarity and vowed to continue resistance against the $3 billion Dakota Access Pipeline re-approved by Trump.

The Army Corps of Engineers refused to extend Wednesday’s eviction deadline set by ND Gov. Burgum, citing concerns about flooding.

However most involved in the water protection camp—which has galvanized millions in the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the battle against pipelines—say the move is simply a ruse to end the movement. Following the arrests, eviction and excavation for the pipeline, the indigenous-led movement is regrouping.

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