A Native American journalist says many fighting to save their country from a major pipeline are proud of the support they have received through the campaign.
In Dakota, United States – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters have been opposing the construction of a pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners which they understand will jeopardise the regions environment, in particular Lake Oahe.
The campaign has made waves across the globe with many international and domestic figures flocking to the the region to join the campaign.
Antonia Gonzales is a Navajo woman and Anchor and Producer at Native National News which covers First Nations people across America and Canada.
She says among supporters were many US veterans who showed up to stand with protestors in the face of an eviction notice.
This week the Obama administration denied Energy Transfer Partners an essential permit to build under the lake.
The move attracted mixed feelings from some campaigners who are sceptical of Government promises.
Ms Gonzales says the impending inaugeration of President-Elect Donalald Trump has also been on peoples minds.
As the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many supporters claim a victory after the recent decision, denying final easement for the pipeline, cold weather remains a concern for the safety of campaigners.
Ms Gonzales says blizzards and temperatures in the single digits have raised medical concerns while also presenting a challenge for visibility.
(IMAGES: Antonia Gonzales, National Native News)