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.


Please write to these Water Protectors who are facing federal charges and are in custody awaiting sentencing or trial:

Red Fawn Fallis, Heart of America Correctional Center, 110 Industrial Road, Rugby, ND 58368

Michael Giron (Little Feather), Heart of America Correctional Center, 110 Industrial Road., Rugby, ND 58368

Dion Ortiz, New Moon Lodge, Po Pox 969, Ohkay Owingeh, NM 87566

Follow our Water Protectors Prisoners page for details and updates


News: October 16, 2017

WPLC Defeats Judges’ Attempt to End Out-of-State Pro-Bono Representation for Water Protectors

In December 2016, WPLC cooperating attorneys petitioned the North Dakota Supreme Court to change the state’s pro hac vice procedures in order to allow many more out-of-state attorneys to volunteer to represent Water Protectors in their state criminal cases.

In January 2017, the ND Supreme Court granted our Petition after receiving hundreds of public comments in support of our request. Since that time, WPLC has been bringing volunteer attorneys to North Dakota to represent Water Protectors.

In September 2017, the judges who are hearing these cases went back to the Supreme Court and asked them to rescind these special procedures. The Court denied the judges’ Petition and our volunteer attorneys will continue to be able to practice temporarily in North Dakota to defend Water Protectors.  See: https://www.ndcourts.gov/court/opinions/20160436.htm

A huge thank you to every one of the 500+ people who commented!!
https://waterprotectorlegal.org/bt-hundreds-oppose-ending-dapl-legal-provisions/

The NDSC notice of comment and link to the petition is here

You can see WPLC’s statement here

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