Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Entertainment. Discussion »
What began with as the "Women's Day of Peace Walk" on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation ended 11 hours later with the arrests of five non-Native members of the Deep Green Resistance organization in Whiteclay, Nebraska.
The Women's Day of Peace Walk to Whiteclay Resulted in the Arrest of Five
The five Deep Green Resistance members lay down on the pavement of the only street in Whiteclay to form a human blockade.
The blockade occurred to bring attention to the small town of 14 that sells over four million cans of beer annually to people from neighboring Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
They lay in the street with "Say no to liquid genocide" and "Shut down Whiteclay" messages on the lock box tubing that connected them.
After several hours, law enforcement officers arrested those still joined together by the lock boxes. The five were put in a horse trailer with no seats and transported to Rushville, Nebraska. Once there, the five were issued citations and released on their own recognizance.
On Friday, Sheridan County Attorney Jamie Simmons filed three charges for every protester arrested during Sunday's Whiteclay blockade. The five are charged with a traffic infraction of a pedestrian on the highway, which carries a fine of $100; resisting arrest, which may result in a $1,000 fine, a sentence of up to a year in jail or both; and failure to obey a lawful order, which carries a $500 fine or a maximum jail time of 90 days.
The protesters are due in court September 26.
posted September 1, 2012 9:10 am edt