Veterans Day Observed Holiday Special – Photos of Veterans Standing Up for Standing Rock Last December

Veterans at Cannonball, North Dakota on Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert

Veterans Day Observed Holiday

Published November 13, 2017

Editor’s Note: On this federal holiday that observes Veterans Day, Native News Online shares photographs from last December when thousands of veterans went to Standing Rock to show support.

STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION –  More than three thousand veterans arrived at Standing Rock on the first weekend of December last year to support the water protectors who were there to show their resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They came in buses and cars. They came to support the water protectors at Standing Rock.

Korean Conflict veteran George Martin ( Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians) from Hopkins, Michigan at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota on Saturday night, December 3, 2016.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii) came to Standing Rock to show her support. Gabbard, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq said Standing Rock was a beginning of a powerful movement.

“Our real fight is protect water that protects life of our people and our planet,” Gabbard told the veterans.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii)


Two veterans in a crowd.

Veterans held signs that read “Veterans stand for Standing Rock.”

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it would not grant a permit for an easement in Missouri River near Standing Rock for the 1,172-mile pipeline pending a full Environmental Impact Statement with “full public input and analysis.” At the time, this move appeared to be a major victory for the Standing Rock SIoux Tribe and the water protectors camped at Standing Rock. Sadly, the Trump administration put pressure on the Army Corps in the early days of the new administration.

Below are two veterans who celebrated with thousands of others at Standing Rock on a bright sunny December Sunday afternoon.

Wesley Clark, Jr. led a group of veterans who asked for forgiveness from Lakota elders for past U.S. military crimes committed against American Indians.

Leonard Crow Dog in wheel chair and other Lakota elders and Wes Clark, Jr.


Veterans march in snow storm to barricade on highway on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Steve Perry (Ottawa), Vietnam War veteran, from Traverse City, Michigan was among thousands of veterans who journeyed to Standing Rock.


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