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Tribal attorney: TSA agent 'snapped my braids like reins' at MSP Airport

Tara Houska says she was humiliated by the encounter.
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One of the country's leading tribal advocates says she was left "humiliated" by an experience with a TSA agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Tara Houska says she was going through security at the Twin Cities airport when a TSA agent said she needed pat down Houska's braids.

"She pulled them behind my shoulders, laughed & said 'giddyup!' as she snapped my braids like reins," Houska tweeted on Monday.

"My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your 'fun' hurt."

Houska is a D.C.-based tribal attorney who is also the national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, and has previously advised Sen. Bernie Sanders on tribal affairs.

She tweeted that she expressed her unhappiness over the agent's actions.

MSP Airport has since reached out to Houska, apologizing for the experience she went through, and has said it's willing to file a formal complaint to the TSA on her behalf.

The TSA meanwhile has said it's aware of the allegations and is trying to determine when and where the incident occurred so it can investigate.

"We regret to hear that you had a bad experience at the the security checkpoint," TSA said in a tweet to Houska, asking her to get in touch so it can gather more details.

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