Protesters Reflect on Time at Camp

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Genevieve Hock packed her bags and traveled here from Pittsburgh a few months ago.

“This has changed my life forever,” she said. “I’m never going to be content going back to babylon living the 9-5 scraping by.”

She says the culture of the camp, in caring for one another, has made this time one of happiest times of her life.

“We don’t have to all have our own, houses, cars and you just struggle like that we can work together and share resources and honestly live better and work less,” Houck said. 

A countdown to leave the camp for some protesters started not with the deadline from the Army Corps.

But, earlier this year when, President Donald Trump was elected. They knew this day would come. 

Each day leading up to the deadline has been nerve racking and heart breaking for many. 

South Dakotan Clarence Rowland says the type of solidarity the tribes showed for each other was inspiring. 

“I went home for a little bit but I came right back because missed all of the people here,” Rowland said. “I missed the feeling.” 

There’s been many people leaving the camp, but also many people staying. So, what’s going to happen next for them?

For Clarence and Genevieve, it’s trying to move on. 

“And continue on in these movement and keep going and keep fighting for truth,” Genevieve said.

“I probably will be returning home for a while resting up and moving on,” Rowland said.  Not too sure what I’ll do, but I’ll be moving on maybe to another camp.”

It is some protesters still there at the camp, but many have since left. 

There are still many protest camps in the area. 

Today, only the main site was cleared.

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