“Planet or Profit?” Indigenous Activists Fight at Nation’s Capitol

Updated: May 8

A week of civil disobedience by water protectors from around the country culminated in numerous arrests in front of the U.S. Capitol this morning.


Photography by Aaron Nasheim


From the Mariner East II pipeline being constructed in Pennsylvania, to Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, to Line 3 in Northern Minnesota. Indigenous activists are at the forefront of this movement, with many of these pipelines crossing through treaty territories. Wild rice beds in Minnesota, sacred to the Anishinaabe people and protected under treaties from 1855 and 1856, have fallen victim to chemicals leaked from the construction process before oil has even begun to flow.

October 11th, 2021 – Washington DC: Water protectors from across the country converge on Lafayette Park in Washinton DC, to bring their message to stop pipeline construction on native lands, and curb the exploitation of fossil fuels directly to Presiden Biden.


Water Protectors have refused to give up the fight. They hope to pressure the Army Corp of Engineers, responsible for permitting, into revoking the permits to operate. They have also called on President Biden, who campaigned with promises of a greener future, to step in and stop the construction of pipelines to deliver fossil fuels.