American Indian demonstration, jilted autograph-seeker reported during Sundance |

American Indian demonstration, jilted autograph-seeker reported during Sundance

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department on Saturday responded to a demonstration on Main Street reportedly centered on an American Indian contention that tribal lands and water rights have been unlawfully seized, according to an online Police Department statement.

The demonstration was reported at 3:12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. The police said a City Hall official enforcing codes saw people blocking a right of way like a sidewalk on the 300 block of Main Street.

According to the police, officers found between 30 and 40 American Indians conducting a "flash mob demonstration protesting unlawful seizures of tribal lands and water rights."

They were "pounding drums and chanting" for approximately one hour, the police said. The demonstrators did not block the sidewalk or the street, according to the police, who said the group left shortly afterward. Nobody was arrested and the police did not report problems.

The Police Department, meanwhile, last week remained busy handling cases involving the crowds in the city for the Sundance Film Festival, which ended on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11:27 p.m., the police were called to the 300 block of Main Street, where the police say a jilted autograph-seeker reportedly caused a problem. The police said the person wanted an autograph but did not get one. The person then drew on two coats. The nightclub did not want to press charges, the police said. Public police logs did not provide details like the name of the person whose autograph was sought.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 1:04 p.m., the police were called to the Egyptian Theatre, a Sundance screening room, where someone might have been attempting to take a video of movie that was playing. Taping movies is not allowed at Sundance.

The festival is typically the busiest 11-day stretch of the year for the police. Cases are sometimes typical for big crowds, such as drunkenness or people acting disorderly, but other ones are unique to the time of the festival.

The Police Department fielded complaints about parking problems, loud parties and the Main Street hoopla.

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