Two Arrested In Idle No More Round Dance Attempt

Idle No More organizers Patricia Shepard and Reyna Crow were arrested on New Year’s Eve after entering the Mall of America following a press conference they held outside of the massive shopping center in Bloomington, Minn. Their arrests came exactly one year after last year’s New Year’s Eve Idle No More round dance at the Mall, in which nearly a thousand Native people and allies flooded the vestibule near the entrance to Sears, drumming and dancing in a circle. The Idle No More movement originated among Native tribes in Canada at the end of 2012 in response to the Jobs and Growth Act, which was passed in December of that year. The law removed thousands of bodies of water from Canadian government protection and made changes to the Indian Act — actions that opponents said infringed on treaty rights and tribal sovereignty.

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