A group of Indigenous women in the United States are risking their lives to stop the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The project desecrated ancient burial and prayer sites and threatened their land, water, and very existence.
In the process, they must face the personal costs of leadership, even as their own lives and identities are transformed by one of the great political and cultural events of the early 21st century.
The women do not call themselves protesters. They see themselves as protectors.