Although most of the water protectors have been ejected from #NoDAPL protest camps and the Dakota Access Pipeline is as good as finished, the movement is not over. That was the overall message of Native Nations Rising (NNR), the multi-day Indigenous solidarity gathering that began with the construction of a tipi camp in front of the Washington Monument and culminated in a mass march to The White House. Sponsored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a range of grassroots groups, NNR featured cultural ceremonies, a women’s press conference on International Women’s Day, meetings with elected officials including Bernie Sanders, and the construction of a tipi in front of the D.C. branch of Trump hotels. Some 5,000 people braved an unseasonable snow storm to participate in the march which served as a reunion for water protectors and a message to the Trump Administration that Native people have the political will to oppose its pro-pipeline actions. Ayşe Gürsöz, cofounder of Indigenous Rising Media, was on hand to chronicle the three days of struggle and cross-nation solidarity.
Ayşe Gürsöz is a producer, photographer and digital storyteller. At Standing Rock, she co-launched Indigenous Rising Media, an Indigenous-led media collective in collaboration with the Indigenous Environmental Network. In San Francisco, she’s produced for the Al Jazeera’s AJ+ Real Time news team. She has also produced for Grassroots Global Justice at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. Most recently, her photography work has been featured in the Amplifier Foundation’s “We The People” campaign.