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Family, friends of late Indigenous Minnesota activist demand justice

Standing alongside a group of protesters outside the Scott County jail on Wednesday, Crow Bellecourt recalled the outrage he felt after learning that Indigenous activist Emmett Eastman Sr. was kept in horrid living conditions provided by his daughter just before his death.

"I wanted to punch the wall," Eastman said Wednesday while wearing a shirt honoring Eastman. "How could one of our elders, someone who represented our people not just in the United States but across the world, be treated that way?"

Bellecourt, a longtime friend of Eastman's, was one of 15 people who attended the rally outside the jail. Most carried signs demanding additional jail time for his daughter, Anne White Eastman, 40, who was convicted and then released Wednesday for criminal neglect in her father's death.


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