It was the young people who launched the #NoDAPL movement to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe land. Now, people from more than 200 tribal nations and a variety of allies have pledged their support. Some are camping out near the construction site to physically obstruct the project. Many of these self-identified “protectors” (rather than “protesters”) have pledged to occupy the area as long as it takes to defeat the pipeline in its entirety–even through the winter. Here are some of their stories captured at the Oceti Sakowin camp by digital storyteller Ayşe Gürsöz from September 16 to September 21, 2016.


Ayşe Gürsöz is an Oakland-based digital storyteller and video journalist. Currently, she’s freelance producing for AJ+ and has produced for The Indigenous Environmental Network and Grassroots Global Justice.