The actions they take include prayer ceremonies, forgiveness walks, and peaceful gatherings.

 1. What’s happening at Standing Rock is protection.The events that take place on the front lines at Standing Rock are not called protests by those who are there, they are called actions.

This is because the Sioux Tribe and the other Native American nations that have come to support them do not consider what they are doing as protesting, they consider it protecting.

This movement is not just about the impact of one pipeline; it is about the overall impact humans have on the planet. The various nations that are at Standing Rock explained that they not protesting a pipeline they are protecting our Earth.

2- They are not activists (someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organization)- They are not member of an organization. They are not Rebels. They are Protectors.

3- Many came because of DAPL, but are staying because of community.

Currently there are thousands of people living at the camps at Standing Rock. Though some will leave once the issue with DAPL has been resolved, many are choosing to stay.

The pipeline may have been the reason why they came in the first place, but the culture and the community are why they are staying. When asked a handful of the people who were choosing to stay to describe their experience at the camps with only one word and here were some of their responses: "magical," "humbling," "inspirational," "gratifying," "unlearned," "unity," "life-changing," "organic," and "love."

The people at the camps may have vastly different backgrounds and come from places as far away from each other as Ireland and New Mexico, but there is a commonality among them. They are like-minded in their passion for helping others, they believe in cultural preservation and environmental accountability, and they are proponents of peaceful and communal living.

"Everyone is seen and honored here," says Rama, a 20-year-old resident of Sacred Stone Camp. "Everyone can show how odd and wacky they are with no judgment."

4. An eco-friendly community is being built at Sacred Stone camp This community aims to be totally green with traditional homes, a school, a community center, a fully equipped kitchen, a security house, a green house, a compost area, and much more.

5. DAPL threatens water and way of life. There is a phrase that is said throughout the camps and chanted on the front lines, "mni waconi," which means "water is life." Water is considered sacred because, "we are housed in water for nine months in our mother’s womb," said one of the Lakota elders. "without water we would not have life." The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline risks the water supply for thousands of people.

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