Last week, 24-year-old Shailene Woodley was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot in North Dakota. The Fault in our Stars actress filmed the entire incident and shared it her fans on a Facebook live video to bring the arrest to public attention. Woodley has now responded to the arrest in a recent essay she wrote for Time magazine, explaining exactly what happened and the reasoning behind it.
"I was in North Dakota, standing side by side with Native Americans," she explained. "You know those who were here before us. Well, guess what, America? They're still here." Woodley was protesting against the construction of the oil pipeline in North Dakota that is to be built on Native American territory. According to Dazed, it has been a widely criticised topic because of its potentially detrimental effect it could have on the Native American land and environment.
"We wear their heritage, their sacred totems, as decoration and in fashion trends, failing to honour their culture. Headdresses, feathers, arrows. Moccasins, sage, beadwork. You know what I'm talking about, Coachella. Walking around the flea market this weekend, I can't even tell you how many native references I saw being used in a way that feeds our western narrative."
Woodley spent one night in prison and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She could be looking at 60 days in prison and a $3,000 fine.
"So much so that it took me, a white non-native woman being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous Peoples' Day, to bring this cause to many people's attention. And to the forefront of news publications around the world."
"The day I was detained, 26 others had to dress in orange as well, as they were booked into the Morton County jail. Did you hear about them?"