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De-Colonize Oakland Teepee
by Bay Area Occupier
Wednesday Nov 30th, 2011 2:47 PM
The first evening of the De-Colonize/Occupy Oakland Teepee. Messages and drawings were being sewn on the the teepee, which was encircled by candles. There are images of historical Native leaders, as well as an image of Native activist and academic Lehman Brightman, founder of the first Native studies program in the country at UC Berkeley. As the police are enforcing a curfew in Oscar Grant Plaza, the teepee was taken down for the night til the next day of vigil. As enough people join up with the vigil, the teepee could be left in place 24 hours daily.
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There was a small tension with the Oakland Police Department, as they lined to prevent the teepee from being stored in the tree-sit at the plaza. The police were called out on the lack any court order declaring the tree-sit to be an illegal occupation, or declaring it illegal to place any object in the tree. Oakland police backed away, although in the end a supporter donated a safe place to store it indoors.

The teepee is back up in the plaza today, which would be day 2 of this vigil.

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