Shailene Woodley's Dakota Access Pipeline Plea Deal Is All About Her Privilege
Shailene Woodley was one of the most outspoken celebrity supporters of protesters at Standing Rock, North Dakota. She made several visits there herself to help water-protectors protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and even made headlines when she was arrested alongside a group of 26 other people who refused to leave a work site even after they were accused of trespassing. Woodley streamed her arrest on Facebook Live, and the video went viral.
Under President Donald Trump, pipeline construction has been ordered to move forward, and the fight for clean water on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has come to a painful end. So has Woodley's legal battle. But for those who were arrested during the fight and don't have the legal resources Woodley has, the #NoDAPL saga still is still ongoing.
Woodley just took a plea deal following her October arrest, pleading guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. According to TMZ, who obtained Woodley's court papers, she'll serve one year of unsupervised probation.
Meanwhile, the New Yorker reports, hundreds of indigenous people who were arrested at Standing Rock are still awaiting justice. Morton County, where most of those arrested are facing trial, has been inundated with the 600 or so people who were arrested during pipeline protests, when normally, it sees a much smaller caseload. Indigenous protestors have had their court dates suddenly canceled, leaving them wondering how long they'll have to live with the stress and anxiety of the charges hanging over their heads.
"If I’m going to have to go to jail, I’d like to get it over with," protester Allisha LaBarge, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, told the New Yorker.
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