The story of the Dakota Access Pipeline is a long and difficult one to tell. On its face, it is the story of thousands of Native Americans and their non-Native allies that gathered for months in 2016 to protest the pipeline. However, this is only a small part of a much larger issue. The pipeline brought to a head conflicts about disputed treaty lands, the historical treatment of Native Americans by the Federal Government and the changing relationship between the predominantly white towns of Bismarck / Mandan to the north and the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to the south.
Sacred Ground, a multimedia package of photos and the 360° video BLACK SNAKE (click photo below), focuses on the people involved in the decision making process, the elders who’ve lived the history of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the younger generation of Sioux who will continue to live and raise their families next to the river after the dust has settled.