hey everyone I just wanted to do a quick update about stories of people who were put in jail after the raid.
people had numbers written on their arms and some were put into dog cages or overly crowded cells.
I talked to a few elder grandmothers who were very traumatized after their experience. One of them has diabetes and had a blood sugar level of 488 which is very dangerous, instead of being treated in jail she was released which meant she had to deal with any health complications on her own.
Many of the women were strip-searched in jail in front of male officers. This is hideously humiliating and a violation of their rights.
Many people were arrested while standing in prayer, their sacred objects were taken from them in a disrespectful way. Some people were praying inside the sweat lodge and it was ripped apart and they were pulled out of it. There was a sacred chanupa pipe which was taken apart and some have still not received their sacred objects back.
I talked to one man who used to have PTSD but has recovered after doing a lot of therapy and he was a little nervous about coming out here because of the possibility of it being triggered. He was pleasantly surprised to find that in the midst of the action during the raid he was able to remain calm, his main concern was protecting the women around him who were also at risk of being arrested. He saw the police officers slam a few people down onto the ground and he turned around and held his hands out behind him and said "here, practice peacefully arresting someone". He said it happened so fast that he was on one side of the line and then he was on the other next to the armored vehicles and was pleased to find that they had not hurt him. He hoped that they were a little more peaceful with the next people they arrested.
A younger guy that I talked to quietly allowed himself to be arrested and yet they were still yelling at him not to resist arrest and they put the zip ties on too tightly. I have heard several stories including his that peoples hands were turning purple and becoming numb and having problems with sensation in their hands even after the zip ties were removed.
Everyone was made to put on an orange jumpsuit, some people's belongings were lost and their clothing was not returned.
One man began to have an asthma attack in jail and it took nearly 10 minutes and him having to explain himself before he was attended to and given the medicine he needed.
Upon arrest many people were told that they were being charged with trespassing or another low level misdemeanor but when they were booked they were charged with felony level crimes. Some people were charged with arson related crimes even though they had nothing to do with what was burning out there.
people were held with $1500 bail or refused bail at first. people were shipped all around the state, some hours away. people are still being released today.
An enormous thank you to the anonymous donor who went and paid $173,000 bail, (which they require to be given in cash) to get everyone out of jail.
Despite the officer saying that cars on the side of the road would be allowed to be moved for the next 48 hours this was not true and they were all impounded and are going to cost around $500 to retrieve them. I hear that the police went through a lot of the cars and may have stolen items or planted items like contraband in them.