Published December 9, 2017
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA – One of the most anticipated trials from the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests is soon to commence, where Red Fawn Fallis will defend her case in federal court. Her trial is set to being on January 29, 2018 in Fargo, North Dakota where is charged with civil disorder, discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Her many relatives and supporters await her trial against the federal government where many believe she faces an aggressive prosecution. With hundreds of people arrested in the drama that unfolded near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Fallis’ charges were the most severe. She was originally charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement office, but would later be dropped.
These are her words:
Hello to all my relatives, I am very grateful to be able to post to the #FreeRedFawn page on my own behalf. As many may already know, I am at a halfway house in Fargo on pre-trial release status until my trial, which is to begin on January 29th, 2018 and will be held at the Federal Courthouse in Fargo North Dakota.
I apologize for the length of time it has taken me to post on here, my transition has been a process, spiritually, mentally and emotionally, so please bear with me as I continue to find my place so that I may begin to reach out more and more. Pilamiye (thank you) to everyone who has shown support and solidarity to all the water protectors, myself included and the #MniWiconi Prayer that has brought so many of our relations together in the stand and protection of all things Sacred. #ProtectTheSacred is what we are obligated to do and with that calling comes a lot of teachings and lessons that we will carry with us throughout our lives and will then be handed down to the future generations as instructions and reminders so that our descendants may know that we loved them enough to do what was asked of us to protect the lands, the water, and all things sacred. Love, Respect, and Gratitude go out to all protectors around the world who put their lives at the forefront of many different causes for the greater good of the lands, the water, and the sake of our future generations.
I remember the last time I had the opportunity to go with my Ina (mom) to express our support and solidarity for our Cheyenne relatives whose families were murdered in the Sand Creek Massacre. We went to the Capitol in downtown Denver and on our way there she reminded me that no matter what we are doing in our own lives, we must always take time and make an effort to go to gatherings like this to show support because no matter how much time has passed, the importance of honoring and remembrance is crucial to the healing process and as Lakota people we must always remember our relatives.
We all share the same history in one way or another so we must open our hearts in order to love and encourage each other and continue to help each other heal. I added a picture of us at the Capitol that day and even though my Ina was very ill and battling cancer she was there, smiling and offering her heart and love to our relatives who were there to honor the memory of so many who died at the hands of hate, racism, greed, and the american government. I am grateful for the lessons and teachings she handed down to myself and so many others because at camp I was able to go to the youth and build a great bond with them as I admired the work they started in a prayerful way to Protect Mni Sosa from the Dakota Access Pipeline and the big oil companies. I love them and my heart feels good when I remember the times we spent and the talks we had. I also remember the strength in their hearts and their prayers and the fire in their eyes, I am thankful for each and everyone of them.
When I see or read posts or messages from them to me my eyes fill with tears of happiness because I think of them and my own nieces and nephews and the young ones yet to come. We shall continue to #ProtectTheSacred and #Resist all injustices against the Lands The Water The Elders The Youth The Future Generations The Women and ALL THINGS SACRED…PLEASE GO TO #ISTANDWITHREDFAWN #FREEREDFAWN TO SIGN THE PETITION (http://bit.ly/RedFawnPetition) AND DONATE TO MY LEGAL FUND (https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/red-fawn-legal-fund)…PLEASE HELP SPREAD MY STORY AND RAISE AWARENESS BY SHARING THE LINKS AND LIKING MY PAGE…ONE HEART ONE MIND ONE PRAYER PILAMIYE MITAKUYE OYASIN…CANTE WASTE WI REDFAWN FALLIS OGLALA LAKOTA #PROTECTOR
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