Case Updates and Upcoming Cases

We want anyone who would like to come and respectfully support Water Protectors at their hearings or know which cases are upcoming to check here July upcoming cases. Note that some may get dismissed between now and these dates and you can check on the court’s website here for the most current information: We are continuing Read More

Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Andrea Carter, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-5406, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed  A big win for water protectors last week, 10 of the cases arising from October 22, 2016 that were set to go Read More

Press Release: Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors

PDF: CourtUpdate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 01, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Sam Saylor, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-6888, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors WPLC attorney Sam Saylor represented Nicholas Jackson in Morton County on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by successfully arguing for Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Warrants The Water Protector Legal Collective would like to help answer questions and resolve warrants for those Water Protectors who have been issued warrants in North Dakota. Approximately 126 warrants have been issued on original cases filed where Water Protectors do not have legal representation yet Read More

Press Release: Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective For more information contact: WPLC Attorney Doug Parr, 405-642-3770 WPLC Media Coordinator Jessica Beheler, [email protected], 701-595-1509 Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty Aaron Sean Turgeon, also known as ‘Prolific the Rapper,’ faced three charges today regarding piloting a drone at a NoDapl demonstration site. After 30 Read More

Court Update: Ten More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

May 10, 2017 Ten more Water Protector cases have been dismissed by the Morton County State’s Attorney office on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The State acknowledged that a reason for the dismissals was because they “cannot meet the elements of the offense as charged.” The dismissed cases all stem from an October 22, 2016 mass Read More

Court Update: Two More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

March 30, 2017 Today, in a signed order, Morton County District Judge Schmalenberger granted Motions to Dismiss filed by water protector defendants Theresa Blackowl and Olivia Bias. The defendants were charged with “criminal trespass” and “engaging in a riot” when they were arrested at an area identified as DAPL site 118 on Highway 6 on Read More

How We Refer Pro Hac Attorneys to Water Protectors

We are now seeing very serious federal charges being filed against Water Protectors in addition to ongoing mass arrests and pending misdemeanor and felony charges in state and tribal courts. Of the 800+ people facing criminal charges, at least 300 do not have counsel. Of the 500 who do have attorneys, some are dissatisfied and Read More

Press Release: Federal Subpoena Dropped Against Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez

Political Targeting of Water Protectors Continues FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Attorney for Steve Martinez: cell 347-248-6771 [email protected] Jeff Haas, WPLC board member: cell 505-469-0714 [email protected] BISMARCK, ND: A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation. Mr. Read More

Has Law Enforcement Contacted You?

The WPLC has learned that law enforcement agencies in other states have attempted to contact and interview Water Protectors and allies after they have left Standing Rock. Nobody can be required to answer questions from law enforcement and we strongly recommend that you do not. Water Protectors with open cases should not speak about their Read More

Resources for challenging traffic tickets

Unfortunately, due to limited resources and the limited number of North Dakota Licensed Attorneys available to represent people, the Water Protector legal Collective is unable to offer representation for traffic ticket violations. The resources below offer information on how to challenge a traffic ticket. Traffic Offense Procedure, Fees, and Points “The first option for the Read More

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 Read More

The Tilted Scales Collective: The Criminal Legal System for Radicals

The Tilted Scales Collective has released a free zine version from their book, “The Criminal Legal System for Radicals: Setting and Balancing Personal, Political, and Legal Goals.” If you’ve been arrested at Standing Rock, this zine is designed to help you (and anyone who’s been arrested while standing up to the state and corporate interests) Read More

Grand Jury Resistance

On or around December 3rd, 2016 a Water Protector at Oceti Sakowin received a summons to appear before a federal grand jury that has been convened in relation to the resistance of water protectors. Grand juries have a long history of being used to target those in resistance to the state and engaged in political Read More