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Shailene Woodley, currently blowing our minds as Jane on Big Little Lies, was arrested last year for refusing to cease protesting the constuction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock reservation. She was charged with one count misdemeanor criminal trespass and one count misdemeanor engaging in a riot. Her lawyer has not pled guilty to a count of disorderly conduct and Woodley has been sentenced to a year of “unsupervised probation,” Dazed reports.
In December, President Obama halted construction on the Pipeline, which would cut through sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and potentially contaminate water sources for the Native Americans. Trump subsequently reversed his predecessor’s freeze on construction, which prompted Standing Rock’s Chairman to say:
“President Trump is legally required to honour our treaty rights and provide a fair and reasonable pipeline process. Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Woodley said, “the front lines don’t necessarily have to be in North Dakota. The front lines can be wherever you are. You can create a protest in New York City, because protests are about awareness and about people coming together.”
Take a look at her interview below:
Oil is planned to run through the Pipeline for the first time this week. A broken pipe cause 530,000 gallons to spill in North Dakota last week.