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Powerful Photos Show The Scene At Standing Rock

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29/11/2016 9:01 AM AEDT | Updated 29/11/2016 9:45 AM AEDT
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This flag represents one of hundreds of tribes who have come together in a historic gathering at Standing Rock to stand in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Photographers with HuffPost RYOT have captured beautiful and mesmerizing images in the last three months as they’ve covered the Standing Rock protests and protesters, who call themselves “water protectors.” 

Though the team at HuffPost RYOT is used to capturing events in 360-degree video, they can also capture those emotional and quiet moments that have made up this protest for the past seven months in remote North Dakota. 

Check out the images below and then head to HuffPost RYOT’s YouTube page to see amazing 360-degree news videos. 

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    A protester stands in defiance as militarized police patrol a sacred burial ground, far from the DAPL work site. 
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    A protester looks on as police mace a prayer group off-camera. 
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    Keytha Fixico traveled from Arizona to volunteer at Standing Rock and protect people on the front line. 
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    Elders before receiving copies of the 1493 Vatican issued "Doctrine of Discovery." 524 Clergy members travelled to Standing Rock to refute this Papal Doctrine.
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    Horses are integral to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and have a symbolic role at Standing Rock. 
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    Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network hosts a livestream from "Facebook hill," one of the only places in Oceti Sakowin camp where phone service is available.
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    People walk back to camp together after a peaceful march to the barricade.
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    Two protesters stand in front of a geodesic dome brought by the Burning Man group "Red Lightning."
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    Dogs or "Sunka" hold a sacred place in Lakota tradition and are a joyful presence in camp. 
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    A protester from New Mexico poses while at Standing Rock. 
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    An Elder looks on during the morning prayers and announcements that start each day at the Oceti Sakowin, the largest camp at Standing Rock. 
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    Medics clean mace and teargas from the eyes of a protester. 
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    Young drummers play contemporary, indigenous pop songs while ring dancers circle a fire.
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    Members of the Oceti Sakowen security team monitor police activity to protect a prayer gathering at the bridge. 
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    Morton County Sheriff Department Officers are stationed in 24 hour surveillance positions around the perimeter of the Oceti Sakowen Camp while DAPL aerial surveillance flies overhead, despite a federally mandated no fly zone.
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    Protesters gather on the Backwater bridge to lead prayer ceremonies.
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    A young protester returns from a prayer ceremony on the Backwater Bridge.
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    A camp elder travels with her daughter, retelling the history of the Lakota people. 
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    Universal symbols of peace and love spread from a group of protesters praying and drumming in front of a line of armed police. 
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