Shailene Woodley is not done protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The actress appeared in a video on Thanksgiving to both debunk the myth about Thanksgiving and continue her peaceful protest.
“None of our children know the truth about not only what happened to Native Americans when Westerners decided to colonize this country but what is still happening to Native Americans,” Woodley said in the video. “We have to remember that this pipeline was supposed to be built in Bismarck, North Dakota, which is a primarily white, ‘American’ area, and when the people of Bismarck decided that when this pipeline breaks it would compromise the integrity of their water, they moved it to the Native American reservation.”
In October, Woodley was arrested for two misdemeanors related to protesting the pipeline, one of which was “engaging in a riot.” The police reportedly issued multiple warnings for the protesters to leave before arresting 27 people, including Woodley. The protest took place one day after a Federal appeals court rejected a request to stop construction on the site. The pipeline will be built across sacred Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and land.
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) honored Woodley with the Female EMA Futures Award at the 26th Annual EMA Awards on Saturday, October 22 at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California.
To hear Woodley’s full speech in defense of Native Americans, check out the video below.