Contestants in the Porcupine Labor Day Annual Pow Wow enter an arena for their event. The pow wow, a term used in Native American communities for a social gathering that involves competitive dancing, was held in early September in the Porcupine district of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traditionally known as the Oglala Lakota Nation, is based. The contestants’ identifying tags include the phrase “Stand Together Against the Pipeline,” in reference to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, based in North Dakota, is leading a major effort among environmentalists and Native Americans from around the U.S. to block construction of that pipeline.
Anne Eagle Bull, GPJ Tribal Nations