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Injustice At Standing Rock | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED Hawaii OWN Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses CONTRIBUTOR Injustice At Standing Rock The mainstream media is missing quite a remarkable story. 11/21/2016 06:50 pm ET | Updated Nov 22, 2016 120k Eugene Tapahe A photographer and writer specializing in capturing the heart of Native American people Eugene Tapahe The Back Water Bridge on Highway 1806 in North Dakota, the location of yesterday’s frontline action. Photo taken October 27, 2016. A historical and unprecedented gathering of many tribes to protect the water started in April 2016 at the Standing Rock Indian reservation in North Dakota, but the mainstream media has failed in covering it. Last night as I watched Facebook live feeds of water protectors enduring water cannon blasts in sub-degree temperatures, LRAD sound cannons, rubber bullets, pepper spray, mace, tear gas canisters and bean bag blasts. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t making headline news. After several hours national reports finally started appearing, but they were incorrect and one-sided. Morton County Sheriff spokesman Rob Keller told NBC that no water cannons were used and water was only deployed to put out fires set by water protectors. At the same time, I was watching it happen live. Where’s the responsible reporting? Where’s the responsible investigating? Where are the live video feeds showing the violence? And when the story does get reported in national media, it is unbelievably one-sided. Even this morning, NBC and CBS news shared short snippets of Morton County Sheriff’s department press release that stated, “They were using water cannons to put out fires that protestors started…” At the same time, the two stations were showing a short video of the water protectors being doused by a water cannon in sub-degree temperatures. Really? And there was no mention of the police brutality, no quotes or press releases from the water protectors. They are missing quite a remarkable story. This historic gathering started with a handful of youth and has grown to thousands of people from all over the world, coming in solidarity to protect the water. The Dakota Access Pipeline project plans to drill under the Missouri River, the lifeline for 18 million people who rely on it for their water. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. So what’s historical about this event? Well, imagine the Democrats, Republicans, independents and liberals, putting their differences aside and standing unified in this decade for one cause? Probably not, right? But such solidarity is happening in Standing Rock. Thousands of Native Americans from different tribes have united in opposition of the pipeline. They are Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Lakota, Dakota, Comanche, Cherokee, Crow, Cree, Oglala Sioux, and Tlingit, just to name a few. They all have different cultures, beliefs, and religions. In fact, many of these tribes historically have been enemies for years. Added to their numbers in opposition are non-Native Americans and foreign indigenous people forming a global international gathering, a spiritual group of peaceful people. They call themselves water protectors, not protestors, because they are prayerful. The water protectors are attempting to restore and heal the balance of nature and man―for our future, survival and for all humanity. This once-in-a-lifetime gathering should be celebrated! But, it’s not. Last night, the water protectors clashed with militarized police and National Guard troops on the Highway 1806 Back Water Bridge north of the Oceti Sakowin cam