CANNON BALL, N.D. -

The protest movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline south of Mandan, North Dakota has been building the last week.

More than 1,000 protesters camped out in Cannon Ball over the weekend.

The protesters all have their own views on what they hope to accomplish ranging from the complete end to oil use to simply rerouting the pipeline.

However they all agree that to achieve any of these goals they have to keep the protests peaceful.

Most of the protesters out here are a part of the Sioux Native American tribe.

The pipeline's route passes over lands that the Sioux claim.

They use the river for drinking water and want to defend it from the possibility of pollution.

Tribal members from all over have come to show their support, KVRR met with people who had traveled from northern Minnesota and even as far as Arizona.

Walter Richard Schmucker one of the protesters says, "We say that sacred water is our life you know? That's our life you know? They say the good life is the way we live. We can't live without that water. I am a warrior that comes out here and represents a people."

Even with the passionate feelings, Johnelle Leingang, an emergency response coordinator says the camp is pretty quiet for the most part.

"It's quiet and it's peaceful. It's peaceful here all the time. You know it's like a whole new big family for everybody," says Leingang.

One of the biggest things people have been telling me here is that they've noticed just a great sense of community among the protesters.

Everyone here has their own special skills that they're bringing and volunteering their services to help the group.

People cook for the group, cut firewood, run into town for supplies, everybody has their own job that they use to help the group as a whole.

The protesters say all this whole event has allowed people to get to know each other on a deeper spiritual level.

One of the camp leaders, Virgil Taken Alive says, "So within us is a spirit that we get to know each other just as I'm getting to know who you are and to communicate that spiritual connection and its happening more and more."

For some of the protesters this goes beyond just the river.

The gathering of the Sioux tribe in such a large number hasn't been seen for many years.

The last time was back when tension between the natives and the government were very high.

Protester Vonda Eagle Horse says, "What this really matters is that we are all as one now and this is just going to help us in the future for other things you know. Even the wounded Knee massacre, they never did apologize."

Even though this protest has brought many past wounds to the surface everyone here remains dedicated to remaining peaceful.

Construction on the pipeline has been halted for the time being.

The leaders of the protest are deciding what the next move is as they await word from the pipeline company on the future of the project.