The Oceti Sakowin main encampment is located on the flood plain where the Cannonball River and Cantapeta Creek meet the Missouri River/Lake Oahe."
What the Tribune did not report is the amount of waste, including human feces and animal manure, now buried under the snow. Garbage is not being picked up on a regular basis. The Tribe stopped paying for Porta Potties and water delivery and garbage disposal when the Chairman issued his statement asking everyone to go home.
On December 19, before the last snows, horses were wandering at liberty through the camp and horse manure was everywhere. Anyone who has owned a horse and kept it confined in pasture knows that the manure and urine gets compacted in the snow, creating slurries of waste in the spring. Imagine what will flow into the Missouri when the spring floods arrive.
Gullible people, who are still donating money are only prolonging misery and inviting the inevitable environmental catastrophe.
The bottom line is that money and greed are winning the struggle, while clean water and the hopes of prayer and unity are losing. The remaining "water protectors" seem to be protecting their own egos.
Did the Creator intend this?
A Facebook post by "Wiyaka Zi Wicasa" and used in part with his permission, offers a sober and historical view of the Standing Rock Protests, who is involved and who should be the ultimate arbiters. He speaks of unelected "leaders" and false agendas that rely upon money. He also speaks of a Spiritual directive that has been ignored.
He talks of prayer and offers an admonishment.