For months the Dakota Access Pipeline has made headlines as thousands of people from all over the country show support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
But what does it mean to Montana? Like North Dakota, Montana has a large American Indian population. It also has a large population of people who depend on the natural resource industry.
Today, the Billings Gazette photographer Bronte Wittpenn offers a series of vignettes on how Montanans are showing support and how residents of North Dakota communities are affected.
Something changed for Jerry Thex when he saw a Sept. 3 video of Dakota Access Pipeline security using dogs to drive protesters off private land.
Cory Bryson, 32, has known about the Dakota Access Pipeline since 2013. He attended public hearings in 2014, when he spoke with landowners, residents, legal staff and representatives of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company building the pipeline. He recalls there would be a minimum of 50 people at each meeting — none of whom represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
On Nov. 6, while hundreds of people participated in a forgiveness march down the main street in Mandan, a few stayed behind, walking on either side.
December 2014: Energy Transfer Partners LP applies to build a 1,172-mile, 570,000 barrel-per-day pipeline to deliver crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale fields to Patoka, Ill., crossing South Dakota and Iowa to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, kicking off a year of public hearings in the state.