The Year in Pictures: NoDAPL, Oceti Sakowin, Iroquois Pride and Winona LaDuke

Native Elders, Youth, and Pow Wows! ICMN's Alex Hamer grabbed 10 Great Images of Indian Country in 2016 such as Winona LaDuke, #NoDAPL Protectors and more
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Simply said, great images are great images... and very few Indigenous youth, elders and leaders from across Turtle Island escaped being captured by the lens of ICMN photographer and Onondaga territory resident Alex Hamer. In 2016, he traveled extensively in Indian country with trips to Washington D.C., Standing Rock, New York to grab photos of the #NoDAPL protectors, Iroquois youth and Winona LaDuke just to name a few.

His photography has been lauded all over the country and some of his images went viral on social media.

In celebration of the magical moments of 2016 as seen through Hamer's magic camera lens and talented eye for a beautiful shot, here are 10 great images from 2016 by ICMN's Photographer Alex Hamer.

Spirit Riders at the Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp - Photo Alex Hamer

Spirit Riders at the Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp

Lawrence Gabriel, Onondaga, wins his pro-boxing debut one year after being shot while defending patrons as a doorman at a pub. Jan 2016 - Photo Alex Hamer

Jan 2016 - Syracuse NY - Lawrence Gabriel, Onondaga, wins his pro-boxing debut one year after being shot while defending patrons as a doorman at a pub.

Onondaga Nation Youth present the original Hiawatha Belt on the shores of Onondaga Lake. October 2016 - Photo Alex Hamer

Onondaga Nation Youth present the original Hiawatha Belt on the shores of Onondaga Lake. October 2016

Winona LaDuke introducing Nahko Bear at a nighttime concert at the Oceti Sakowin camp - Photo Alex Hamer

Winona LaDuke introducing Nahko Bear at a nighttime concert at the Oceti Sakowin camp

 Native Veteran led March in September 2016 at the Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp

Native Veteran led March in September 2016 at the Standing Rock Oceti Sakowin Camp

President Obama honored with a cedar hat by NCAI President Brian Cladoosby at the White House Tribal Nations Conference Sept 2016 - Photo Alex Hamer

President Obama honored with a cedar hat by NCAI President Brian Cladoosby at the White House Tribal Nations Conference Sept 2016

The Indigenous Rowers Club, the only Indigenous woman's crew club in the country competing on Onondaga Lake - Photo Alex Hamer

The Indigenous Rowers Club, the only Indigenous woman's crew club in the country competing on Onondaga Lake

The 222nd Commemoration of the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua between the Haudenosaunee Iroquois and the US government. Nov 2016 - Photo Alex Hamer

The 222nd Commemoration of the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua between the Haudenosaunee Iroquois and the US government. Nov 2016

Friends share a laugh at the Marvin Joe Curry Veteran’s Pow Wow in Salamanca, NY - Photo Alex Hamer

Friends share a laugh at the Marvin Joe Curry Veteran’s Pow Wow in Salamanca, NY

Check out some of Alex Hamer's other images in previous articles below.

Native Women Rowers Earn Bronze Amidst Superfund Controversy

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10 Native-Proud Images From White House Tribal Nations Conference

Follow ICMN's Alex Hamer on Twitter at @AlxHamer.