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Shailene Woodley launches T-shirt initiative to support Native American protesters

The actress hasn't let her legal troubles silence her activism.

Shailene Woodley has designed a T-shirt in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they continue protesting a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota.

The Divergent star has been among the outspoken celebrities who have joined the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Sioux County, which will transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

The peaceful demonstrations have stepped up in recent weeks after a federal judge rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to halt construction, claiming the $3.8 billion project could taint water supplies and encroach on tribal burial sites.

Shailene was even arrested during one protest on 10 October (16), when she was among 27 people busted by police at the construction site. She was subsequently charged with misdemeanour criminal trespass and misdemeanour engaging in a riot.

She has pleaded not guilty to the counts and is due to stand trial in January (17). If the star is convicted of her criminal charges, she faces two months in jail and $3,000 (£2,440) in fines.

But the legal action hasn't stopped the actress from continuing to use her fame to help the cause.

She has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Omaze.com to fund the production of black and white T-shirts, which feature the phrase "Mni Wiconi", meaning "Water is Life". Proceeds from the tops will raise money for her environmental organisation Up to Us.

"This fight is a fight for all of our land, water and futures," she states on the website. "Join me in getting this shirt, getting involved and becoming a water protector... for all of us."

Shailene aimed to sell 1,000 T-shirts, but the new campaign has already smashed its goal within days of its launch, and now boasts over 11,000 customers.

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