EL SEGUNDO – They arrived by the thousands, starting in April, to the remote grasslands of North Dakota, armed with sleeping bags, backpacks and a will to win. They pitched tents, erected yurts and teepees and settled in for what’s become a long fight against a determined opponent.
Kings forwards Dwight King and Jordan Nolan might have been there, too, but their hockey careers kept them from actively participating in the protest of an oil pipeline through Standing Rock Sioux Tribe lands. Their hearts and minds are with the protesters, however.
Those in the encampment, near Cannon Ball, N.D., and so many others from near and far cheered when the Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday the pipeline route should be moved away from tribal lands near the Missouri River, which provides fresh water for the reservation.
Ultimately, the fight is about water.