Photos Of Native American Veterans Standing Up For Standing Rock Last December

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More than three thousand veterans arrived at Standing Rock on the first weekend of December last year to support the water protectors who were there to show their resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They came in buses and cars. They came to support the water protectors at Standing Rock.

Korean Conflict veteran George Martin ( Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians) from Hopkins, Michigan at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii) came to Standing Rock to show her support. Gabbard, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq said Standing Rock was a beginning of a powerful movement.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard.

“Our real fight is protect water that protects life of our people and our planet,” Gabbard told the veterans.

Two veterans in a crowd.

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant a permit for an easement in Missouri River near Standing Rock for the 1,172-mile pipeline pending a full Environmental Impact Statement with “full public input and analysis.”

At the time, this move appeared to be a major victory for the Standing Rock SIoux Tribe and the water protectors camped at Standing Rock. Sadly, the Trump administration put pressure on the Army Corps in the early days of the new administration.

Veterans held signs that read “Veterans stand for Standing Rock.”

Below are two veterans who celebrated with thousands of others at Standing Rock on a bright sunny December Sunday afternoon.

Wesley Clark, Jr. led a group of veterans who asked for forgiveness from Lakota elders for past U.S. military crimes committed against American Indians.

Leonard Crow Dog in wheel chair and other Lakota elders and Wes Clark, Jr.
Veterans march in snow storm to barricade on highway on Monday, December 5, 2016.
Steve Perry (Ottawa), Vietnam War veteran, from Traverse City, Michigan was among thousands of veterans who journeyed to Standing Rock.
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