Photos: Life inside the Dakota Access pipeline protest


The winter sun shines down Flag Road
1 The winter sun shines down Flag Road from the east in the Oceti Sakowin camp where Dakota Access pipeline protesters have settled in for the winter. 
People gather around the area of the Sacred Fire
2 People gather around the area of the Sacred Fire for an interfaith prayer service inside the Oceti Sakowin camp outside of Cannon Ball, N.D., on Sunday. 
A man rides his horse across a bridge.
3 A man rides his horse across a bridge crossing the Cannon Ball River before the Oceti Sakowin camp as other protesters arrive on Saturday. 
A teepee is seen from behind a dumpster.
4 The top of a teepee is seen from behind a dumpster in the Oceti Sakowin camp. The camp's leadership emphasizes communal living and self sufficiency, though the recent winter storms have made basic tasks such as trash pickup more difficult. 
The line of cars waiting to enter Oceti Sakowin
5 A line of cars, sometimes up to a mile long, are reflected in the the sideview mirror of a vehicle as they wait to get into Oceti Sakowin on Saturday. 
Backwater Bridge
6 A young man carries a sled up a hill in front of Backwater Bridge near the Oceti Sakowin camp. Police have blocked access to the bridge over the last few months to restrict access to sites near the pipeline, making the drive to Bismarck and Mandan longer for residents of local communities. 
A surveillance helicopter flies over camp.
7 A surveillance helicopter flies over the Oceti Sakowin camp on Saturday. 
The moon over Oceti Sakowin.
8 The moon rises over the Oceti Sakowin camp on Saturday. 
A man rides a horse through camp.
9 A man rides a horse through Oceti Sakowin. 
Oceti Sakowin camp in Standing Rock
10 Blowing snow makes driving hazardous along Route 6, one of the roads to the Oceti Sakowin camp, on Nov. 29. 
Blowing snow made driving hazardous along Route 6.
11 An RV that had been tagged by authorities sits in a ditch by the side of the road. 
Heavy snows hit the camp near Standing Rock.
12 Oceti Sakowin camp is the largest of the Standing Rock encampments. 
Blizzard conditions hit the Oceti Sakowin Camp.
13 Blizzard conditions hit the Oceti Sakowin camp on Nov. 29. 
A man and his dog walk the  Oceti  Sakowin Camp.
14 A man and his dog walk through the Oceti Sakowin camp on Nov. 29. 
Clearing a campsite
15 An inhabitant of the Oceti Sakowin camp shovels a campsite during heavy snow on Nov. 29. 
Oceti Sakowin camp
16 People inhabit the Oceti Sakowin camp on Nov. 29.