Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) was 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.

While we continue to maintain a presence in North Dakota our legal work here is nearing completion.  Accordingly, we have revised and expanded our mission to meet the needs of present and anticipated future struggles in alignment with our vision.

We envision a world where Indigenous peoples are centered and guiding the world to protect the environment for all.
Water Protector Legal Collective provides legal support, advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and climate justice movements.  
Please read more about our Vision and Mission statements here.

WPLC is Hiring an Executive Director!

We are currently in North Dakota (winding up the criminal cases from Standing Rock) but we are accepting applications from across the country and would consider moving the office to accommodate the right candidate(s).

Legal experience, non-profit management experience and a background living in, and/or working to support movements in Indian country are the main criteria. Joint applications for job-sharing this role will be considered. Amazing leadership opportunity at a time when the organization is changing its focus to supporting Indigenous-led environmental struggles in other parts of the country.

Jobs and Internships are listed here.


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

Red Fawn Fallis, Prisoner No. 16358-059, FMC Carswell, PO Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127

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

Dion Ortiz, Prisoner No. 16559-059, FCI Sandstone, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box 1000, Sandstone, MN 55072

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