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Police Raid D-Q University: Eighteen Students, Elders and Supporters Arrested
On March 31st, César Chávez Day, the Yolo County Sheriff's Department raided the buildings at Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl, also known as D-Q University.
For decades, the school has been a forum and place for native people to learn about their cultures, educate each other, and experience a closeness to the earth. The school was formed in the 1970's, when indigenous people stormed an old army base and eventually forced the government to turn it over to Native hands. D-Q U was born in struggle and in struggle it stays today!
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Police Raid DQ University: Eighteen Students, Elders and Supporters Arrested
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An elder was issued a bullshit traffic ticket
Univision and Daily Democrat
This plane was flying overhead for the duration of the raid
The arrested people were taken to the Monroe Center Main Jail in this police wagon.
Francisco, a DQU elder, was not allowed to participate in a scared sweat ceremony.
He expressed sympathy while preventing people from entering DQU. Torres indicated that he was part Native American and had relatives who attended DQU.
KCRA Channel 3 (the local NBC affiliate) was granted immediate access to DQU. A reporter from the Daily Democrat was also granted access. However, an Indybay volunteer with a press pass was repeatedly denied access to DQU both during and after the raid. The police said the decision of which media outlets to allow was made by the Board of Trustees.
When the cops came, one person climbed up a tree and refused to come down or even speak to officers. The courageous tree-sitter ensured that even during the raid, DQU remained occupied with strength and honor.
How much did it cost to build a border that was defeated in seconds?