Final Prayer - Drums and Songs Lead Water Protectors Out of Oceti Sakowin

Amid snow and wind, a large contingent of Water Protectors departed Oceti Sakown for the last time, just one hour before the Federal and State mandated evacuation deadline on Feb. 22. This final prayer march took people southward over the Cannon Ball River bridge, allowing everyone to avoid charges from the Morton County Sheriff and the Federal government. Most people leaving the camp plan to either remain in the area to continue Standing Rock actions, or to move onto other pipeline struggles.