Jasilyn Charger

Lakota call out inequity in law enforcement at U.S. Capitol riot

By Talli Nauman, Esperanza Project

PHILIP, South Dakota – The difference in law enforcement handling of peaceful Native pipeline resisters compared to that of the violent mob that breached the U.S. Capitol Building was an inequity not lost on Indian Country. “At a time when white rioters are being let off the hook after raiding the nation’s Capitol and driving legislators into hiding, Native Americans and other people of color are still being dealt harsh criminal charges for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience,” said Chase Iron Eyes, lead counsel for the non-profit Lakota People’s Law Project. On Jan. 6, the day of the riot in Washington, D.C., which was carried out by supporters of lame-duck U.S. President Donald Trump in order to disrupt election results, law enforcement here in South Dakota arrested Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation pipeline resistance camp advocate Oscar High Elk and set cash bail at $10,000. Oscar High Elk “committed no acts of...