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

The Water Protector Legal Collective (formerly known as Red Owl) operates in partnership with the National Lawyers Guild. We are dedicated to protecting the sovereign treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and providing legal representation and coordination for Water Protectors engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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

Important notice re: January court appearances:
The court has entered a Notice of Cancellation in all cases set for trial during the first two weeks of January. Defendants who receive this notice do not need to appear and will be notified by the court of their next court date. The WPLC Criminal Defense/Court Support team on the ground is working on getting in touch with all arrestees to let them know. Defendants can be in touch with us at [email protected] for details.

Do you need logistical support to make it to Court? Fill out this form to get assistance with travel, housing, or other logistical needs.