An arrest warrant has been issued for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate in North Dakota. Both were charged with misdemeanor trespassing and mischief in connection with a protest at the Standing Rock Reservation.
A judge in Morton County, North Dakota has issued the warrant for the presidential candidate on Wednesday. Stein, along with her vice presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka, is accused of spray painting a bulldozer to protest the construction of a planned pipeline in the reservation.
According to the McClatchyDC, Stein spray painted the words “I approve this message” using red paint. Baraka, on the other hand, painted the words “decolonization” on the equipment.
Jill Stein later issued a statement before the charges were filed that the authorities press charges against the “real” vandals. The real vandalism, she says, is the bulldozing of Sioux sacred burial sites and unleashing vicious attack dogs.
According to Snopes, the Sioux opposes the construction of the pipeline. The tribe believes the construction will destroy their sacred lands and could poison their drinking water. A federal judge has sided with the Native Americans and granted their emergency request to halt its construction.
The crude oil pipeline in question would traverse four states and runs through grounds of the Standing Rock Reservation, which the Sioux considers sacred. The grounds themselves, however, are not part of the reservation; therefore, they are unprotected by law.
Jill Stein: The Third Party Candidate
The Green Party has risen as a third party to challenge both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the presidency. The party’s supporters believe both candidates are unfit to run the country and therefore nominated a candidate from their own ranks.
This person is Jill Stein, a physician and activist, who was also the party’s presidential nominee back in 2012. Stein and the Green Party, however, received very little attention because the media focused on the seeming endless tirades between Trump and Clinton.