Sightings of strange objects in the sky have been recorded for a very long time. For example, in 217 BC “at Arpi round shields (parmas) were seen in the sky” (Liv. 22.1.9; Orosius 4.15).
Although this question has been posed ad nauseum throughout human history, it oddly remains a rather taboo subject to bring up in modern society. Outside of domains of intensive spiritual work this question is sparsely acknowledged, which is partially a result of the tremendous fear and apprehension it evokes.
What the world has witnessed at Standing Rock is an unprecedented coming together of Tribal peoples and representatives of indigenous cultures from around the world who understand the urgency of protecting the sacredness of the water and the land.