Though the countryside is ravaged by blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, many of the original water keepers have remained in their winterized camps at Standing Rock in order to ensure that drilling on the pipeline ceases completely.

In the wake of their decisive victory, many water protectors weighed in on how they felt about the incoming president Trump and how his administration might threaten their victory at Standing Rock.

Trump, who is pro-fossil fuel and is heavily invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline itself, is a major threat to the NoDAPL protests. Though the Obama administration halted the pipeline, the 45th president could restart it once more.

Speaking with Now This, Standing Rock Sioux and other supporters shared their view of Trump, stating that they are prepared to fight even harder in the coming years.


Richard Eskow is host and managing editor of The Zero Hour, a weekly radio program produced by We Act Radio. He was the senior writer and editor for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Richard has written for a number of print and online publications, was a founding contributor to the Huffington Post, and is a longtime activist. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America’s Future.