Water Protector Legal Collective provides legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and climate justice movements.  

We envision a world where Indigenous peoples are centered and guiding the world to protect the environment for all.

Born out of the NoDAPL protest movement, our founding mission has been to serve as the on-the-ground legal team for the Indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock, North Dakota.  Since we first came at the request of tribal leadership and set up our office in a tent in Oceti Sakowin, WPLC has been providing legal defense and offense to the Water Protector Movement.

Please read more about our Mission and Vision here.


Support Water Protector Prisoners!

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

Red Fawn Fallis, Prisoner No. 16358-059, Unit E, Federal Correctional Institution, 5701 8th St., Dublin, CA 94568

Michael Giron (Little Feather), Centre, Inc. Residential Transitional Re-entry Center, 100 6th Avenue SE, Mandan, ND 58554

Michael Markus (Rattler), Prisoner No. 06280-073, FCI Sandstone, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box 1000, Sandstone, MN 55072

James “Angry Bird” White, PO Box 755, Fort Yates, ND 58538

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