Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Documentary Photographer
The Last Days of Oceti Sakowin
Location: Minneapolis
Nationality: United States
Biography:         Through his documentary photography work, Richard Tsong-Taatarii brings attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. He also enjoys covering... MORE
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The Last Days of Oceti Sakowin
Copyright Richard Tsong-Taatarii 2023
Date of Work Feb 2017 - Feb 2017
Updated Mar 2017
Topics Photography, Photojournalism
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 fleed 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.
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