Protesters prepare to evacuate the main opposition camp against the DAPL
Cannon Ball, North Dakota Terray Sylvester/Reuters
One of the saddest early progressive losses in the first month of Trump’s presidency was any hope that the protests at Standing Rock would be effective at stopping the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The fires that are breaking out as protesters are forced to leave the area are almost a too-perfect symbol of what is happening in North Dakota, as the hopes of preserving these environmentally sensitive and tribally significant lands do, sadly, appear to be going up in flames.
—Amanda Marcotte, politics writer