Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Citizen Patricia Shepard being arrested New Years Eve.
BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA — Two “Idle No More” organizers were arrested this afternoon, on December 31, 2013, soon after they concluded a press conference on the sidewalk outside the Mall of America today in Bloomington, Minnesota.
“What is sad is the two women tried to explain that the American Indian community simply wanted to do a round dance as the New Year is coming in. The round dance was not a protest,” said Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmason, who was not onsite, but was handling communications for the round dance that never took place.
The two women arrested are Patricia Shepard and Reyna Crow. The women were charged with criminal trespassing.
“I never made it inside the mall. Their security came up to me and told me I was trespassing,” Crow told the Native News Online soon after her release, while waiting to be picked up from a transit station near the Mall of America.
“I tried to explain we were not there to protest,” said Crow.
Last week, on Christmas Eve, several Idle No More organizers received letters from Mall of America officials threatening them with arrest if they showed today at the mall.