In September 2015, Samantha was severely burned when a pressure cooker full of scalding hot water exploded while she was being bathed in the kitchen sink. She suffered third-degree burns to 60 percent of her body and had to have her fingers, leg and toes amputated.
Thousands of activists have setup camp at Standing Rock to protest the four-state, 3.8-billion dollar pipeline planned to go through the area and its affect on the local water supply. Military veterans have stepped forward as well to defend the North Dakota land from the pipeline and have pledged to act as a human shield if necessary.
Dakota Access pipeline protesters give their reasons for joining Standing Rock