Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer and a community leader within the Oglala Lakota Sioux. Red Fawn grew up in Colorado and was raised in traditional Lakota ways, grounded with love and a deep connection to the earth and all living things. Her mother Troylynn Yellow Wood, taught her the importance of fighting for social and environmental justice.
On Oct. 27th, the police raided the 1851 Treaty Camp. Grandmothers and grandfathers and youth were pulled out of sacred sweat lodges, old and precious teepees were destroyed, along with holy ceremonial items such as the chanupa, our sacred ceremonial pipe. Among the items destroyed was Red Fawn’s Eagle Staff.
More than 140 people were arrested that day. Bail was raised from $200 to $1,500 for each. All have been released except, Red Fawn. Her bail is set for $110k. That day, Red Fawn was serving as a trained medic. She was helping injured water protectors who had been sprayed with mace and hit by rubber bullets. As Red Fawn retreated from the front lines, three officers targeted, tackled and threw her to the ground. One officer pulled his weapon and placed it against her back . While she was pinned to the ground, shots were fired.
Officers allege that she broke free and used her left hand to shoot the officers weapon. Eyewitness accounts and video show otherwise.
“Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he couldn’t confirm any shots were fired by the water protectors on Oct. 27” (Democracy Now) Red Fawn has been behind bars since that day. She is facing up to 20 years in prison.
That’s why we need your support. On Fridays, in a show of unity and support, we ask all water protectors to wear red in solidarity for Red Fawn until she is free.
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