UPDATE JUNE 26, 2018
RED FAWN'S SENTENCING HEARING POSTPONED DUE TO JUDGE'S ILLNESS
Hello dear relatives / friends / supporters of Red Fawn!
We are writing to let you know that Red Fawn's sentencing hearing did not happen today in Bismarck. Because the presiding Judge Holland took ill and was hospitalized, her hearing has been postponed--perhaps until July 10th or 11th.
Our dear Red Fawn has endured so much since that fateful day -- October 27th, 2016 -- when she was arrested at Standing Rock for defending her people, mini wiconi, and all things sacred on this earth. Now, after 20 months of incarceration, Red Fawn woke up glad that she would have a tiny bit of freedom as she traveled the few blocks between her jail cell and the courthouse. And she just wanted this sentencing hearing to proceed, for the suspense to be over, so she could begin this next phase of her life as a warrior for her people.
And so, as you can imagine, the news of the postponement was a great disappointment to her--so great that for a brief time she couldn't speak. When she recovered, here are three things she told her spiritual leader Robert, her aunt Phyllis, and her uncle Glenn, who visited her this morning:
"I'm going to pray for Judge Hovland, and I ask everyone else to do so as well."
"Don't worry about me. As an Oglala Lakota woman, I am free. I was born free, I live free, and I will die free."
And she reminded them that today was the anniversary of the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn), when the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples defeated the forces of General Armstrong Custer. "This was not meant to happen today," she said of her hearing. "Everything happens for a reason."
Red Fawn repeated these things by video phone today to a room packed full of her supporters, who she thanked earnestly for their support. They had come to Bismarck from all over to stand with her at her hearing. Instead they gathered together to share their prayers, loving words, and encouragement with Red Fawn and each other. In the room were members of her legal team and many relatives and friends. Also present were several members of the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, who put up traveling relatives at their homes and are hosting a pot luck dinner in Red Fawn's honor tonight.
We will keep you updated!
The Stand With Red Fawn Support Committee