Native American girls are leading the movement against the Dakota Access pipeline, but say they face cruel and inhumane treatment from police
Prairie McLaughlin said she has daily flashbacks daymares about the police.
Sitting inside a small tipi where she is camped out while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, she took a drag of her cigarette and recounted how policemen took her to a North Dakota jail last month where, she tells, a group of males and guards forcibly removed her clothes when she refused to strip in front of them.
Im beyond traumatized, the 33 -year-old Native American woman told through tears.
But, when asked if she was prepared to keep defending the Standing Rock tribes water, McLaughlins face hardened. Everyone needs to stand up, she said.
McLaughlin, the daughter of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, a Standing Rock Sioux tribe member and founder of the Sacred Stone camp, is one of hundreds of women who have led the growing motion to stop the $3.7 bn project threatening their land and cultural activities. Her friends have been arrested and subjected to what they describe as cruel and inhumane treatment.
Many say that female water protectors, in some cases depicting on matriarchal tribal structures, are the core spiritual leader strategizing how to block the black snake pipeline and planning actions to stand up to a police force that has gone to great lengths to defend anoil corporation.