Bismarck, North Dakota
Charles Baker, 13, rides Pony Boy along the Cannonball River, a run-off from the Missouri River, which many fear would be polluted by a North Dakota Access Pipeline spill. Baker's father is Lakota from Standing Bear and his mother is Swinomish from La Conner, Washington. The northern Washington state family returns to Standing Rock often to visit relatives. "Our water matters, and they can't just put a pipeline through it," Baker said.
When visitors turn off a narrow North Dakota highway and drive into the Sacred Stone camp where thousands have come to protest an oil pipeline, they thread through an arcade of flags whipping in the North Dakota wind. Each represent one of 280 Native American tribes that have flocked here in what activists are calling the largest, most diverse tribal action in at least a century, perhaps since Little Bighorn.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times