The Dakota Access Pipeline may be on hold, but Water Protectors are still fighting for their freedom

Sara Long, an indigenous protester from Portland, Oregon was first arrested in September, while livestreaming Dakota Access Pipeline workers laying pipe where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers instructed them not to. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department nabbed her for criminal trespassing, and she was subjected to an invasive strip search for the misdemeanor charge. watch more in link below:

She felt unsafe and assaulted at the time, but it was during her second arrest on November 2 — a few days after Water Protectors were locked in dog kennels and numbered with black marker — that she feared for her life.November 2 was an unseasonably warm and sunny day, and Long was protesting at the state capitol building in Bismarck. She was eventually arrested for criminal trespassing a second time and booked at the Burleigh County Detention Center, where she was held in a small cell — approximately 8 by 8 feet — with six women. None of the women were told where they’d be jailed. They were only instructed to use the steel toilet in their cell before they left.

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