Bismarck, South Dakota
Catcher Cuts The Rope is Aoanii and Nakota. An Army veteran who was injured in Fallujah, Iraq, he spoke of his hope for a non-violent resolution to the Dakota Pipeline. "We will stop the pipeline, and we will do it peacefully," he 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