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Tracie Williams’ “Feed the Flame”

Posted by on June 9, 2017 | Photographer Interviews

This documentary series by photographer Tracie Williams was almost lost to the world. After living with and photographing the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors for three weeks, her camera, audio recorder, memory cards and cell phone were confiscated during the eviction of the Oceti Oyate Camp on February 23, 2017. Williams says that just hours before her flight back to New York, where she is based, her gear was returned to her with the help of “a couple of lawyers, several advocacy groups and a local senator.”

Williams calls the protests an “unprecedented moment in history,” as it united the Great Sioux Nation for the first time in more than 140 years, along with more than 200 other tribes and thousands of allies who traveled to North Dakota to protect the water supply. “Although the physical encampment has been forcibly removed and the Sacred Fire extinguished, a spiritual fire has been lit among many,” she writes. “As the resistance grows, the fight continues for indigenous, environmental, and humanitarian justice against the expansion of corporate greed.”

See more from Williams at traciedwilliams.com.

All photos © Tracie Williams