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Phoenix photographer captures Standing Rock protest

Amelia Rose Sullivan visited the pipeline protest in North Dakota during the summer. (Source: Amelia Rose Sullivan) Amelia Rose Sullivan visited the pipeline protest in North Dakota during the summer. (Source: Amelia Rose Sullivan)
Amelia Rose Sullivan said the recent clashes between police and protesters "breaks" her heart. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Amelia Rose Sullivan said the recent clashes between police and protesters "breaks" her heart. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
At least one police officer was hurt in the most recent clash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) At least one police officer was hurt in the most recent clash. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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New images tell a chilling story of the protests underway in North Dakota. Icicles on razor wire and breath hanging in the air show just how cold it was Sunday night, when police used water cannons on people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Those protests are happening near 'Standing Rock' reservation. Their story is being told through pictures.

“I felt compelled to go and meet these people that were out there fighting and get to know them and get to know their stories with the world,” said Amelia Sullivan.

Back in September, freelance photographer Amelia Sullivan packed up her camera and headed to North Dakota to see the protest for herself.

“On the journey up there I went back and forth, ‘Am I crazy for doing this? Going by myself into a place where I have no idea what to do?’” she asked herself.

She camped with protesters for several days, capturing their images along the way.

 “I cried probably for a good hour on the ride home. And I was just so full of gratitude,” said Sullivan.  

Fast forward two months and the protest at Standing Rock has taken a different form. Sunday night, police and protesters clashed.

Pepper spray and rubber bullets fired to keep people  back from law enforcement officers.

[READ MORE: Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather]

“It breaks my heart,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan looks back at her photos from the trip.

“I think about the families that are there and the kids that are there, young teens that are watching,” she said. “And I don’t know if they’re OK. I think it’s so wrong the way it’s being handled.”

[READ MORE: Father of injured pipeline protester says she may lose arm]

One thing she does know, their fight is far from over.

“I’m still hopeful because I know how strong these people are,” she said.  

There were protesters and at least one officer injured in the most recent clash.

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