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(Actress Shailene Woodley in a booking photo released by Morton County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota.)
Shailene Woodley spent Thanksgiving in addition to hundreds of protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The 25-year-old spoken actress spoke with TYT Politically on Thursday, fighting back tears as she criticised the American holiday.
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“I know that today is a day that many call Thanksgiving, and it is a day where the children in the lower school and America taught false stories about our indigenous brothers and sisters,” she explained in a video posted on Facebook. “From the time we were small children, we would be caught in card stock paper pictures of pilgrims and feasts, and turkeys. And yet none of our children know the truth about not only what happened with the Native Americans, as westerners decided to colonize this land, but what happens with the indians.”
“This pipeline, and I know that this has already been said, but as a rock in the surf, this pipeline had to be built in Bismarck, North Dakota,” she continued. “That is a predominantly white ‘American’ area. And when the people of Bismarck decided that if this pipeline — when this pipe breaks — it would compromise the integrity of their water. They moved to the Native American reservation. They did not, they not, and we are still here, on Thanksgiving, the day that no one knows the history about it.”
“Thanksgiving was founded on a massacre,” she added. “And yet, here we are with these cops, snipers with rubber bullets, and I’m honest, I’m just sick of it. There is no excuse. Where is everyone? Why isn’t everyone standing up and saying something?”
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Woodley, who was accompanied by actress Nikki Reed, and Jane Fonda, later took to her own Facebook page and share a few extras filmed life of the booking. “I just invite each and every person who looks from home to investigate and research what this holiday means, why this holiday exists and what you are going to do to reframe that story, and to change that story, for your future ancestors,” the “Snowden” star urged her followers.
She also shared a photo of Sunday night “as patrons were sprayed in temperatures below zero, with water, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, bean bag bullets, percussion grenades.”
According to The New York Times, federal officials plan to close the access to the protest camp site, indicating safety. The government excludes the area north of the Cannonball River, the NYT reports, including the Oceti Sakowin camp, about 40 miles south of Bismarck, where opponents of the 1,170 mile Dakota Access Pipeline have collected for months. Anyone who is on the ground after Dec. 5 could be charged with trespassing.
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“It is unfortunate and disrespectful that this announcement comes on the day after this country celebrates Thanksgiving, a historic exchange between the indians and the first settlers from Europe,” Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said in a statement. “Although the news is saddening, it is not surprising, given the last 500 years of mistreatment of our people.”
Back in October, Woodley was arrested for criminal trespassing during the protest against the construction of the project. They pleaded not guilty to the criminal offence and the entering into of a riot, both misdemeanors with a maximum punishment of one month in prison and a $1,500 fine.
“One day, baby, we’ll sing our poetry. the words drip from our tongues, wet with mature patience,” she wrote on Instagram a day after her arrest. “And the lyrics, the sweet fruits born from the seeds of the ageing of our hands are now sowing. #alwaysinallways #heartforward #uptous #NoDAPL #protectcleanwater #iamonyourside.”|
As ET earlier reported, the peaceful protest, which was streamed on Facebook Live, followed a federal judge’s ruling on Sunday that rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to halt the construction of the pipeline, which they claim will destroy sacred sites, and contaminate ground water.
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Woodley and other protesters member of the tribe to stand against the $3.8 billion pipeline, which span from 1100 miles through North and South Dakota, and the Missouri River.