10 Images That Perfectly Illustrate The Struggle Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

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Submitted by Nick Bernabe via TheAntiMedia.org,

The struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline has been mired in police brutality and militarization. In fact, many have likened the atmosphere in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to a war zone.

The corporate media initially refused to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, though the ongoing story’s virality on social media eventually forced it into the mainstream. Even now that the #NoDAPL movement has developed into a national political narrative, the media continues to whitewash the severity of the crackdown against the Native American protesters, who call themselves “water protectors.”

Below are 10 images I have come across (while closely following the Dakota Access Pipeline protests for Anti-Media) that narrate the struggle at Standing Rock:

@NYCRevClub - 85 years old elder wheeled travelled miles just to support and stand against pipeline.


@People4Bernie - A young Native American girl has a message for President Obama


This initial crackdown at the Standing Rock camp shortly after the activation of the North Dakota National Guard.


Battle lines are drawn.


@_Native_Life - A tribal elder conducts a water ceremony in front of the police line.


Jake Thompson - Do they really need to have snipers aiming at UNARMED people?

A woman is violently arrested by militarized law enforcement
As frustration mounts, two National Guards trucks are set on fire.


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MANvsMACHINE's picture

Obama is too busy lawyering up to hear that girl's cry for help.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is summarize Dakota pipeline in one word, "Not In My Backyard"

LetThemEatRand's picture

Fine and well, but it does not explain or excuse the military response to the protestors.  This is the face of fascism.

erkme73's picture

I read over at a drone forum I frequent that the police shot down a protester's drone and arrested them.  LEOs claimed they were using the drone to endanger police helicopters, and they 'feared for their lives'.   Sure.  Why do I find it harder and harder to believe anything that comes out of a government agency's orifice?

jcaz's picture

Yeah, I'm sure the drone was just taking pictures for the local Century 21 realtor.....

I don't recall indians using drones against Custer- maybe that was their secret weapon....

Didn't realize the Government was handing out drones along with the cars and houses they buy these people....

Soul Glow's picture

Boris is right.  NIMBY.

Pipeline route plan first called for crossing north of Bismarck -


Ghost of Porky's picture

Why don't we just buy their land in exchange for some beads and whiskey?

Ramesees's picture

Because it's literally not even on the Indians' land.  The pipeline is entirely on American territory.  

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Ramesees Nov 1, 2016 1:28 PM

That doesn't matter to kneekerk hippies like Let Them Eat Rand

beemasters's picture

They always assume they have power over the little people. And unfortunately, they are right. Even the military is serving corporate interests now.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

"Even the military is serving corporate interests now."

Have you ever heard of Smedley Butler?

FGH's picture

Of course the MSM did not cover this; pretty sure they don't want to allow another "Wounded Knee" to tarnish Dear Leader's legacy.

But then a Republican, Richard Nixon, was POTUS (1973), so they pulled out ALL the coverage stops: Jane Fonda, Angela Davis, Johnny Cash, Marlon Brando, and many other Hollywood stars were there screaming their lungs out against the evil government oppression of the poor Indians in front of every major network's cameras 24/7 along with every newspaper and magazine headline. 

But today...crickets. My, how times have changed.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) FGH Nov 1, 2016 8:26 PM

1 image that perfectly illustrates Why the world hates America >> http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-7x

Clara Tardis's picture

Here's the man who can afford to buy a militarized police force and they could come to your backyard on his orders.
(from the story)
"Militarized goons in battle dress have stormed protector camps with LRAD sonic weapons, attack dogs, tear gas, tazers, and even live ammunition (killing horses), while politicians and mainstream media do their best to ignore this growing atrocity, hoping to wait it out until the protestors give up".

ArgentDawn's picture

I need the real MDB to explain this situation to me and how the moral left is spinning this. And of course to link to his blog.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

<< No! to the pipeline

<< No! to Buffet's oil trains

Ghost of Porky's picture

Then can we send them some "special blankets"?

Slurm's picture

Man haven't they learned anything?


Want to stand off with tyrany? Bring weapons.


Why were the ranchers so succesful recently? They brought their guns and their militia friends and told the Gov to step up or stand down. 



exartizo's picture

If the pipeline isn't on the Indians' land, why are they protesting?

It seems they lack any standing from a legal perspective.



so let me get this straight... the good Indian folks got together and made themselves a little "squatting" organization in March 2016 (after finding out about the proposed pipeline) on questionable land or arguably US Government land.

Then they got all "huffy" about the government LEGALLY claiming eminent domain as they do all over the United States and have done for a very long time, usually without a problem as the landowner is compensated for the property.

Then there's this:

“[t]he Dakota Access threatens everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri.”

That's a decidedly vague and far reaching claim that requires some objective proof.

Apparently the good Water Protector folks didn't provide any objective hard real evidence of such massive destruction.

Then there's this:

"The U.S. government and the pipeline corporation are continuing a long tradition of disrespecting Native Americans"


Now they're sounding a lot like the good BLM folks or the UCB kiddies.

Seriously? Ya

"disrespecting"? Ya

What about giving those good Water Protector folks a "Safe Sanitized Space" out there in North Dakota. Ya.

What about giving those good Water Protector folks a little protection against government "Micro Aggressions"?




Finally, there's this:

"Violent acts are being carried out in North Dakota, but not by the water protectors"

Here's a clue:


Then no one is arrested.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Because it's literally not even on the Indians' land.  The pipeline is entirely on American territory."~

Dammit Ramesees, if I've told you once, I've told ya' a million times. Stop obscuring the issue with facts.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

This whole thing is amazing. Not just this thing, the whole burrito. In just a few weeks Assange went from liberal darling and conservo demon into liberal demon and conservative darling, the FBI goes full mental rampage inside it's own ranks, thank you Anthony Weiner comes prancing out of the closet wearing only his socks and NOW ALL THE SUDDEN THE ALT RIGHT TURNS ONTO NATIVE AMERICA IN A POSITIVE WAY. Every now and then American politics inverts itself. I'm reminded of the Nixon era when "liberals became conservative and conservative became liberal."

That point just happened again.

After a long life of activism and obervation to the point of predictive capability I am very pleased to report that I have no fucking clue what happens next. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing or a good thing either.


Ignatius's picture

I'm amused by the full tactical snipers in the pink underwear, just like when the Feds 'conquered' the mighty LaVoy Finicum.  Can't we just resolve this thing with fists?

You'd think they were staring down the mighty Palestinian soccer kids in Gaza, for God's sake.

Jesus, guys, is this narcissistic show of force really worth the paycheck?

Uchtdorf's picture

Police thinking is clearly along the lines of: Not sure about all y'all, but we're going home to Momma tonight...no matter what.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Yes brother it's worth it on so many levels. I will speak directly with youn pissed off people:

We are leaving you wtih a legacy of resistance and we are telling you that now is the time to take control of your lives and your land. And as Russel Means said,


I'm very proud to be one of the old ones now. For 7 generations we kept the pipe for you. We had to keep it hidden for 7 generations.

To see you again makes the eyes of our ancestors smile.

Welcome home. Blessings of the Sacred 4 Directions on you and your house. You are back in the Sacred Hoop which encompasses all material reality and all people.

Jack&#039;s Raging Bile Duct's picture

"The drone was interfering with helicopter navigation, we feared for our lives."

"The jackboot was pointing the sniper rifle right at us, we feared for our lives."

Which statement do you think would be met with more contempt and skepticism by your "public servants", despite demonstratable evidence?

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary..."


SWRichmond's picture

LEOs claimed they were using the drone to endanger police helicopters, and they 'feared for their lives'.  

So the guy with the rifle aimed directly at [me] appears to me as passing the "reasonable man" test wherein me being a reasonable man would be in fear for my life and be justified in the use of deadly force to defend myself from him.


King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) LetThemEatRand Nov 1, 2016 1:27 PM

I could care less unless they are  middle and working class whites

Agent_Orange's picture

This is the face of fascism, indeed, but it is also the face of extortion. Having grown up not far from this reservation and interacted plenty with the natives over the years, they are simply jealous of the tribe to the north on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, where oil royalty revenue has been transformative. They want money, not clean water or whatever BS they are protesting for, and this is their opportunity to get paid.

erkme73's picture

GD I'm getting slow in my old age.

beemasters's picture

If you choose not to protest in your own backyard, that's your fucking problem. Don't try to be condescending to those who are proactive to bring them to your level.

The Jaguar's picture

Boris is talk to Vladimir, tell Trump win to no worry. Mad witch is no win by people will.

SoDamnMad's picture

Boris, can your cousin get me a kornet launcher and about a half dozen missiles. I can pay you in cash or gold. Spaceba

Hugh_Jass's picture

This photo expose unfortunately presents the future of the United States and much of the western world...

Bunga Bunga's picture

Soros is happy to fund this.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

Exactly.  A bunch of fucking useful idiots.   And the press is giving this far more coverage than hillarys troubles.  When these tribes give back all the cash the bia has given thrm, then i can respect them. Othereise they need to assimilate and become americans or be hated like the Islamists.  

erkme73's picture

Look beyond the indian vs. govmn't distraction.  This is a Government vs. People issue.  It's just like cops that beat the shit out of (or shoot) unarmed 'suspects'.  Everyone wants to turn that into a race problem.  It's not.  This is US vs. THEM.  The jack-booted thugs are getting ever more aggressive and violent towards the people they're charged with protecting and serving.  

When someone lawfully and legally challenges a police officer by simply asking a question, that person (regardless of race) will see any trace of civility disappear as they are stomped into the ground. 

"The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state."

-- The U.S. Supreme Court, June 15, 1987

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

I dont necessarily disagree with your sentiment but they kicked the hornets nest. They saw lavoy get murdered on national television.  This response was anything but unexpected

Adahy's picture

At least they have the balls to stand up.



jcaz's picture

True, dat-  they have 80% unemployment and exist off of Government handouts.....

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

But they are a sovereign nation.  What a load of shit

The Jaguar's picture

Oooh, is that a note of anger and desperation by communist MDB retard? Love the anger, tells me you are upset mr anti American traitor. MAGA, repeat after me...President Trump.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

Should i tske pride in getting a rise out of that fucktard?

Diplodicus Rex's picture

Million Dollar Bonus_
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I don't think you quite understand MDB_

King Tut's picture

The Injuns took the land from somebody else so fuck 'em

Erek's picture

Hey! Million Dollar Buttfuck just said something akin to relevance!?!

Enjoy while it lasts.



Erek's picture

 I don’t know what your problem is, but I’m guessing it’s hard to pronounce.

And no, I'm not your buddy!


rlouis's picture

Buffet could be supporting this movement as easily as Soros. The Dakota Sioux have a treaty, their land, their decision - as long as it is in accord with their laws. This is our domestic Syria and the armed government forces might as well quote Mao as justification - "power comes out of the barrel of a gun" which is totalitarian.  Unfortunately, without subtantial debate to explore the issues in depth and evaluate the pros and cons we all have the choice of being libertines on one issue and fascists on the next.  Which is a piss poor philosophy in life exemplified by shallow hypocrites, knee jerk reactionaries, ignorant communists, etc. An emotional response lacking knowledge is how the herd gets spooked in to running towards the cliff.