Photos From Standing Rock After the Decision
Photographer Brian Nevins captures a moment of victory for the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance
This past Saturday night, Dispatch singer Brad Corrigan called photographer Brian Nevins and told him he wanted to go to Standing Rock. Nevins was on a flight six hours later from Boston. At the time, Corrigan was in Pine Ridge Reservation doing work for his organization Love, Light and Melody, which he’d founded to raise the profile of vulnerable children by telling their stories. Some of the people with him at Pine Ridge wanted to go to Standing Rock to be water protectors. He invited Nevins to join them because the photographer has worked with him on past projects, most notably in Nicaragua.
Both men were present when news moved through the camp that the Army Corps of Engineers would look for an alternative route to the pipeline, instead of drilling near the camp and under the Missouri River. After the announcement, Nevins says the reaction in camp ranged from happy to concerned that the news couldn’t be trusted. He says that people also realized that the forces behind the Dakota Access Pipeline might just wait until Trump is in office to move forward, and that they are resolved to protest until the end.
His photos capture a march that took place after the announcement was made. “It’s a far cry from what it felt like to be there, but I hope it captures our best side of humanity,” says Nevins. “For a day, we were one people with one cause all unified in prayer for the cause of our planet. It brought me to tears. We are truly amazing as humans.”
A First Nations marcher
The march stopped at the bridge looking over toward the Dakota Access Pipeline side. The wind, the snow, and the cold only amplified the heart poured into the day.
Water is Life marchers
A Standing Rock resident
Veterans and First Nations marchers grab the Standing Rock flag in solidarity.
Veterans and First Nations members meet in prayer.
Veterans linked together to form a protection line for the march.
A veteran forms part of the protection line for the marchers.
“The most stunning eyes I've ever seen, from a Lakota Sioux marcher.” —Brian Nevins