Last October, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested – along with many others – while peacefully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Sioux County, North Dakota. The pipeline, which spans from North Dakota to Iowa, cuts directly through Native American land, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Its construction has sparked outrage due to the fact that it has the potential to harm the community's main water source, as well as the fact that it treads on sacred grounds. Although former President Obama halted construction on the pipeline last December, President Trump has since reversed his order, and the project is near completion.
Part of what the Standing Rock protestors worry about is what would happen if the Dakota Access Pipeline were to leak. In fact, another pipeline in the state did rupture last winter, causing 530,000 gallons of crude oil to seep into a local water source. It will likely be months before the cleanup is fully complete.
Shailene was one of many celebrities who spoke out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, taking a stand with the people of Standing Rock. Last fall, she captured her arrest on video, explaining that armed authorities confined her with zip ties.
Now, five months later, the actress has struck a plea deal. TMZreports that Shailene will plead guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. As a result, she is sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.
Nevertheless, Shailene hasn't let the arrest silence her. Just last month, she appeared on The Late Show and encouraged viewers to take a stand, no matter where they are. "The front lines don't necessarily have to be in North Dakota," she said. "The front lines can be wherever you are. You can create a protest in New York City. Because protests are about creating awareness and about people coming together."