Taking a cue from her defiant Divergent character Beatrice "Tris" Prior, actress Shailene Woodley took a stand against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline and was arrested at a protest Monday. The building of the $3.7 billion crude oil pipeline has unleashed months of protests by Native American groups and their supporters, who say it poses a grave environmental threat to their land and also crosses sacred ground. Woodley livestreamed her arrest, along with 26 other people, for “rioting,” despite the peaceful manner of their protest.
“There’s some Divergent s**t about to happen,” she says into the camera, before being hauled off to jail. The actress came to fame in such movies as The Descendants (2011) and The Fault in Our Stars (2014), before taking the lead role as the rebellious heroine of the dystopian science fiction series. She also recently appeared in the Oliver Stoner movie Snowden, about the controversial cyber whistleblower. She has a history of political activism, and was part of a celebrity caravan that helped campaign for progressive Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Last month, she appeared with Sanders on the television show Late Night with Seth Meyers, and talked about the ongoing protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
The reservation is home to the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Sioux indian tribes and straddles both North and South Dakota. Protests began there last summer against the building of the crude oil pipeline, because of the environmental dangers it presents and also because it crosses tribal burial grounds, sacred to the tribes. A federal appeals court ruled Sunday construction can resume on the pipeline after a previous injunction, and protests are expected to continue. A representative for Shailene Woodley said she was released from Morton County Jail in North Dakota Monday and that, "She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline."
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