Shailene Woodley Arrested Protesting Dakota Pipeline (Video)

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Police arrested celebrity Shailene Woodley while she was protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline on Oct. 10.

The North Dakota Sheriff's Department charged Woodley, 24, with trespassing, CNN reports.

Woodley uploaded footage of the incident onto Facebook (video below).

"... I was walking back to my RV, which is right there so that we can go back to camp peacefully and they grabbed me by my jacket and said that I was not allowed to continue," Woodley can be heard telling the audience in the clip. "And they had giant guns and batons and zip ties and they're not letting me go."

The incident has since gone viral, with the clip receiving near 69,000 likes and over 57,000 shares.

"I'm not going to lie..... you being peacefully arrested may be just the awakening that the rest of society needs...... you're fighting for something that's ALREADY yours, ours," one user wrote.

Woodley is just one of many protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which -- if built -- could potentially pollute local drinking water. It also would cross sacred Native American sites and burial places, NPR reports.

"It's about our rights as native people to this land," says Jessie Weahkee. "It's about our rights to worship. It's about our rights to be able to call a place home, and it's our rights to water."

Incidentally, Woodley's arrest has gone viral on Columbus Day -- or for others, Indigenous People's Day. Many choose not to commemorate Columbus Day out of respect for the Native American lives Europeans, like Columbus, took.

"One of the biggest misconceptions about Columbus is that he was righteous," said Dr. Leo Killsback, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and assistant professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. "The truth is that he was wicked and responsible for the rape and murder of innocent indigenous people."

"We should question why we as Americans continue to celebrate him without knowing the true history of his legacy, and why a holiday was created in the first place," he added. "He never landed in the USA."

Sources: CNN (2), Shailene Woodley/FacebookNPR / Photo credits: Shailene Woodley/Facebook, Andrew Cullin via NPRShailene Woodley/IMDB


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