Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shailene Woodley slams Thanksgiving for teaching 'false narratives about our native brothers and sisters'

Shailene Woodley posted a video to Facebook on Thursday decrying the false narrative of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The actress, 25, spent the day with hundreds of protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline and helped Hollywood star Jane Fonda serve up a free dinner for 500 at at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

In her video, she criticized the traditional American holiday, saying: 'Today is a day that many call Thanksgiving, and it’s a day where kids in elementary school in America are taught false narratives about our native brothers and sisters.'

The Divergent star continued: 'From the time we’re little kids, we cut out in cardboard paper pictures of pilgrims and feasts and turkeys, and yet none of our children know the truth about not only what happened to Native Americans when Westerners decided to colonize this country, but what is still happening to Native Americans.'



Woodley was arrested in October as she took part in protests against the pipeline construction set to run through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and under the Missouri River.

She has pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, both misdemeanors that carry a maximum punishment of a month in jail and a $1,500 fine.






Woodley had previously met with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, left, and tribal youth Garrett Hairychin, center, to discuss opposition to the DAPL


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