Shailene Woodley has released an impassioned statement following her arrest last week during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“It took me, a white non-native woman being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to bring this cause to many people’s attention. And to the forefront of news publications around the world,” she wrote.
Protestors like Woodley have backed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s concerns that the pipeline could damage their water supply and disrupt their tribal burial sites. This, Woodley wrote, is yet another example of the disrespect Native Americans face in the U.S. today. “We wear their heritage, their sacred totems, as decoration and in fashion trends, failing to honor their culture. You know what I’m talking about, Coachella. We grow up romanticizing native culture, native art, native history ... without knowing native reality.”
If convicted, Woodley could be looking at 60 days in jail and $3,000 in fines, according to ABC News. Still, she wrote, “I am not scared. I am not afraid. I am grateful, and I am amazed to be standing by the sides of so many peaceful warriors.”
The dauntless Divergent star capped her essay by calling on fans to educate themselves and to take action.
“Simply feeding off the hype of a celebrity’s arrest ain’t going to save the world. But, standing together will,” she wrote. “Please stand in solidarity with the Sioux people of Standing Rock Reservation to ensure that we still have rivers to swim in, springs to drink from and lakes to float on.”