Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is the on-the-ground legal team for the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. We continue to maintain a presence in North Dakota and provide legal advocacy, jail and court support, criminal defense, and civil and human rights protection to the Native peoples and their allies who gathered at the ceremonial resistance camps.

While our current work remains far from over, WPLC is taking steps towards a future beyond Standing Rock – continuing to provide movement legal support in other contexts when our work in North Dakota winds down. Read more here.


WPLC is Hiring! Jobs and Internships are listed here.


Please write to these Water Protectors who are incarcerated on federal charges:

Red Fawn Fallis, Prisoner No. 16358-059, FMC Carswell, Post Office Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127 (8-2-18)

Michael Giron (Little Feather), Prisoner No. 25201-075, USP Hazelton, U. S. Penitentiary, PO Box 2000, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Dion Ortiz, Resident,  Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center, 110 Industrial Rd, Rugby, ND 58368 (as of 8-10-18)

Follow our Water Protectors Prisoners page for details and updates


Mni Wiconi!  – Water is Life!


If you were arrested at Standing Rock and need legal information or resources, please visit our For Arrestees page.

Important information for anyone who spent time at Standing Rock is available on our Resources page.

The Water Protector Legal Collective logo was created by Lakota Hunkpapa artist Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy lll