As winter descends on North Dakota, thousands of Native Americans from tribes around the U.S., as well as Canadian First Nations and other allies, continue to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The project, which will run through sacred sites and under the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, could also affect the water supply of as many as 25 million people in the event of an environmental disaster.

Leena Minifie, editor with Ricochet’s Indigenous Reporting Fund, recently joined the protest encampment outside of Cannon Ball, North Dakota and has filed a series of reports for Ricochet Media. In this conversation, she discusses what she witnessed at the encampment.