A prayer circle of elders, including several women, was interrupted and all were arrested for standing peacefully on the public road. A tipi was erected in the road and was recklessly dismantled, despite promises from law enforcement that they would merely mark the tipi with a yellow ribbon and ask its owners to retrieve it. A group of water protectors was also dragged out of a ceremony in a sweat lodge erected in the path of the pipeline, wearing minimal clothing, thrown to the ground, and arrested.
A member of the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) that had her wrist broken during a mass-arrest on October 22nd was hurt again after an officer gripped her visibly injured wrist and twisted it during an attempted arrest. At least six other members of the youth council verified that they had been maced up to five times and were also shot and hit with bean bags. In addition to being assaulted, an altar item and sacred staff was wrenched from the hands of an IIYC member by police. Several other sacred items were reported stolen, including a canupa (sacred tobacco pipe).
Two medics giving aid at front line were hit with batons and thrown off the car they were sitting on. Then police grabbed another medic, who was driving the car, out of the driver side while it was still in motion. Another water protector had to jump into the car to stop it from hitting other people.
The list Of outrages is almost too much to list. Besides many elders attacked,much of the youth council was maced. A rider was hit with rubber bullets and his horse was hit by live rounds. Another horse was also shot. A medic was pulled out of a car he was driving, other protectors had to stop the car .
Most ominous a security car went in amound the water protectors with a high powered rifle, he was arrested by tribal police. Besides all the arrests, manhandling and cruelty by police; sacred items were stolen or damaged. I don’t know what to say.. there was finally some small amount of notice by TV. But they are trying to control the narative… Stay watching, send money… go if you are able
Yesterday’s diary by Navajo