The name “Black Snake killers” refers to a Sioux prophesy of a time when indigenous people would come together to fight a proverbial black snake wreaking destruction upon the people. The protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline underneath the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, was considered by many involved to be the time of that prophesy. Indigenous people from around the globe, but especially North America, “heard the call” and traveled to North Dakota to set up a resistance camp against the pipeline. I documented this protest for 36 continuous days from the end of October to the beginning of December. While I was there, the camp grew in size from a few hundred protesters to a few thousand. My photos document the new community they created in camp, and their direct actions near their encampment and in the larger cities like Mandan and Bismarck. The water protectors, as they like to be known, were protesting for the environment and, in the process, created a new consciousness of indigenous unity and sovereignty.