Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) 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.

WPLC (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.

If you need support to make it to court, fill out this form to get assistance with travel, housing, or other logistical needs.

For important information for anyone who has spent time at Standing Rock, please visit our Resources page.