@ Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press
based in Minneapolis
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Through his documentary photography work, Richard Tsong-Taatarii brings attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the...
On November 22, 2017, authorities enforced the forced evacuation of Oceti Sakowin, a protest camp on Army Corps land which at one point, swelled to 10,000 to stop the construction of the Dakota Acess Pipeline(DAPL). On that day and the next, 200 police officers moved in with militarized force and arrested 46 people. Protesters were literally pushed back to the Standing Rock Reservation boundaries. During a tactical maneuver, several protesters were surrounded as others fled unto the precariously frozen Cannonball River. Protesters vow that while the camp is closed, the movement to protect native lands and the environment will continue.