Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is the on-the-ground legal team for the ceremonial resistance camps 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 there.
Please write to these Water Protectors who are facing federal charges and are in custody awaiting trial:
Michael Giron (Little Feather), Heart of America Corrections, 110 Industrial Road., Rugby, ND 58368
Dion Ortiz, 1100 Montoya Road, Bernalillo, NM, 87004
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!!
The NDSC notice of comment and link to the petition is here
You can see WPLC’s statement here
WPLC is an indigenous led legal team on the ground in North Dakota. WPLC has been providing legal representation, coordination and advocacy for all water protectors with state and federal cases who have been arrested in resistance to DAPL since August, 2016. Through our efforts, hundreds of cases have been dismissed to date. This is a crucial time. We need and appreciate your support.
Mni Wiconi! – Water is Life!
If you were 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.
The Water Protector Legal Collective logo was created by Lakota Hunkpapa artist Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy lll