Shailene Woodley, the 25 years old outspoken Actress spent Thanksgiving alongside hundreds of protesters calling for a stop to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) which is being built on the sacred grounds of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Shailene in criticizing the American holiday, described it as a day that many people call Thanksgiving and when kids in America elementary schools are taught false narratives about the native brothers and sisters with tears rolling down her cheeks as she spoke with TYT Politics on Thursday. Woodley continued to say that,
"When we were little kids, we cut cardboard paper pictures of pilgrims, turkeys and feasts, yet none of us know the truth about what happened to Native Americans when Westerners decided to Colonize America and what is still happening to Native Americans."
She explained that the pipeline was originally planned to be built in Bismarck, North Dakota, a predominately white American area, it was moved to the reservation after it was suggested that any break in the pipeline may affect water supply. She said,
"They did not do it and we are still here on Thanksgiving, a day that no one knows it history."
Woodley, who was joined by actresses Nikki Reed and Jane Fonda, later took to her Facebook page to share a few additional videos filmed live from the reservation. She urged every person watching from home to investigate and research what this holiday means, why exists and what to do to change the narrative for future generations.
She also shared a photo from Sunday night when protesters were sprayed in subzero temperatures with tear gas, water, rubber bullets, mace, bean bag bullets and percussion grenades. According to People the actress expressed that Thanksgiving was founded on a massacre, she said,
"And yet we are here with these cops and snipers with rubber bullets. To be honest, I am just sick of it as there is no excuse."
Woodley and other protestors joined the Sioux tribe to stand against the $3.8 billion pipeline that will span 1,100 miles across North and South Dakota into the Missouri River. Woodley was arrested back in October for criminal trespass while participating in a protest against the DAPL construction project.
She pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and engaging in riot, both of which are misdemeanors conviction of which can lead to a maximum punishment of a month in jail and $1,500 fine. She traveled with Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Jackson and several other celebreties to North Dakota to participate in the protests.
According to ET, federal officials plan to close access to the protest campsite citing safety concerns. The authorities will close the area north of the Cannonball River and the Oceti Sakowin camp about 40 miles south of Bismarck where protesters who oppose the 1,170 mile Dakota Access Pipeline, have converged for months. Anyone found on the land after Dec. 5 could be charged with trespassing.
Woodley stated that it is both unfortunate and disrespectful that this announcement comes the day after America celebrates Thanksgiving, a historic exchange between Native Americans and the first immigrants from Europe.
Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is also reported to have said that the news is saddening but not all surprising considering 500 years of mistreatment the natives has endured.