Greg Grey Cloud, a staunch Keystone pipeline opponent, was arrested last night
WASHINGTON—Even though Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who was presiding over the U.S. Senate Keystone XL pipeline bill, claims American Indian heritage, she had no appreciation—or humor—for the Lakota victory song that broke out seconds after she announced the bill’s defeat last evening. The Senate turned down the controversial bill that would attempted to take the decision-making power away from the president of the United States by a vote of 59-41.
Several American Indians were in the Senate visitor gallery to await the vote on a bill that is highly opposed among American Indians, including the National Congress of American Indians.
Crow Creek Sioux tribal citizen Greg Grey Cloud, a staunch anti-Keystone opponent, reportedly led the song.
Capitol Police were summoned and handcuffed the protesters out of the visitor gallery.
Grey Cloud who wore feathers in his hair continued to sing as he was thrown to the floor and was hauled away.
Other protesters were identified as: Deirdra Shelly, 22, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Kayla Lang, 20, of Lynwood, Pennsylvania; Maria Langholz, 22, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Anthony Torres, 20, East Islip, New York.
The group of protesters were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties and told to face the wall. Soon thereafter Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Drew Willson arrived and had them arrested. They were charged with disruption of Congress, which is a misdemeanor.
After last Friday’s vote by the House of Representatives to authorize the pipeline, Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott said his tribe recognized the vote as an act of war.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the tribal affiliation of Mr. Grey Cloud as being a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He is a tribal citizen of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Additionally, Mr. Grey Cloud wore feathers in his hair, not a traditional headdress as was previously written. Corrected on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11:17 p.m. – EST.