The nearest WiFi to the prairie north of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is miles away, and phone service is unreliable.
Nevertheless, thousands of Native Americans, environmentalists and others are broadcasting fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline to the world on social media, NBC News reports.
"I was just another protector with a camera, my video camera and my smart phone. And technology has been very vital in our fight here," said E'sha Hoferer, a 27-year-old member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe who is documenting the struggle.
Videos recording clashes between police and protesters been viewed more than 4 million times on Facebook alone. Hoferer says he's receiving support from across the globe.