Sacred Stone Camp prepares for winter weather

Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 7:02 PM CDT
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Many protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at camps near Cannonball say they won't let the cold quit their fight.

North Dakota winters can sometimes dip below zero, but we asked an EMT at the camp if they're prepared for that, and she said people are more than ready to bear the elements.

In the camp's make-shift general store, much of the merchandise is now geared toward winter.

"Everything goes out just as fast as it comes in," said Peggy Gunhammer, donations tent volunteer

Temperatures will soon be falling and water protectors want to make sure they're protected from cold weather.

"Donations of coats and snow pants and everything. So yeah, I think they're in it for the long haul if we can," said Jennifer Berg, Standing Rock Ambulance.

Donations have arrived from all over the country, plus places like Africa and China.

"I got to put a list out for 16 more, wood stoves, everything like that so people will be warm," said Gunhammer.

With the camp size fluctuating between hundreds and thousands of people staying warm won't be easy come January. But generators like this may take the bite out of cold weather.

"Stand our ground, and stay and show them that we're not quitting we're not going to give up," said Gunhammer

it remains to be seen how many people who've come here from out of state will be able to withstand the winter of 2016 and 17.

Donations continue to pour into the camp, including portable washing machines and laundry detergent that they say is safe for the water.