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Afterwards, the supporting men back on the hill parted for the returning river of women who silently lead everyone back to camp.

But the calling for my father Mike, our friend Noel and myself to go see for ourselves and hopefully contribute was greater. Noel gave her a congratulatory hug and we celebrated the return of the Colville Confederated Tribe’s Patty Sam Porter.We carried donated grass-fed beef from the Lazy R Ranch, cash from several friends and a large bag of winter coats—all stuffed into dad’s old Toyota Tercel. We drove slowly down Flag Road into camp and were met with smiles and waves. It was only later that we learned of her courageous The community of this incredible place is what struck me the most.It felt like the way we’re supposed to live—hopefully it’s the future of our world.a celebration of both uniqueness and unity among tribes, cultures and races who respect our planetary home and are here to seek a sustainable future for all.La Donna, the woman who started Standing Rock’s opposition to DAPL, joined at this time and Moondrop knew they were now unstoppable.

The veterans acquiesced and helped by asking the Army Corps if the women could come to the front and do a ceremony.

My chest tightened and my thoughts scurried on the morning of November 26 as we pulled onto the highway on our two-day journey to Standing Rock, North Dakota. I’m not usually an anxious had just happened, when police shot people in the head with rubber bullets, tear-gassed them and fired water cannons on folks in 20-degree weather.

Facebook was a stream of fear-inducing accounts about what was going on.

So dad and I decided to bring you personal stories from a few of the many people we met during our brief stay, moments people shared with us, whose stories spoke to us and we hope they speak to you, too.

Hailing from Colorado, Moondrop is a quiet, young woman who is quick to smile and give you a hug.

Then 100 or so women and men trained on how to remain silent and signal to each other.