The news is out: [Over a dozen protesters were arrested after blocking Highway 16A, or Iron Mountain Road, before President Trump was set to make his way from Rapid City to Keystone and then on the highway to Mount Rushmore. Several of those arrested prayed before being detained by law enforcement.
Protesters cited that the Black Hills are sacred to Native Americans and that Trump’s administration opposes interests of Native Americans and other minority groups.
Freddie Longworth, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, said that the problem is bigger than the current president, but that Trump was the catalyst.
“Respect our right to exist or expect our resistance,” he said. “We are orphans crying in the night and we will keep making noise until they hear us.”
The “orphans” to whom he is referring are all Indigenous people who were impacted for generations by broken treaties throughout United States history.
Some protesters dispersed after the South Dakota National Guard arrived on scene about an hour after protesters blocked the road and law enforcement declared it as an “unlawful assembly” over a megaphone.
While several law enforcement agencies responded wearing riot gear, tear gas masks and use of force weapons, they only shot-close range smoke shells at protesters’ feet and pepper spray into some protesters’ eyes.
According to protestors who declined to give their name, citing concern for state riot laws, the protesters tried to hold their position against the advancing National Guard, so they pushed back against the riot shields. This prompted law enforcement to use pepper spray against individuals as they pressed forward.]
It is a shame that in 2020, the real Americans are still bullied by the European invaders. White privilege is using armed public servants from law enforcement to violate the Constitutional rights of people we disagree with. The CONSTITUTION is not for just one race; it belongs to WE THE PEOPLE.