Press Release: 45 NoDAPL Cases Dismissed – Warrants Quashed Upon Review Ordered by Judiciary

ND prosecutors abandon dozens of cases due to no “good faith belief that the underlying charges can be proven”   (Bismarck, ND) On December 7, 2018, Water Protector Legal Collective received an early winter solstice gift that we have had to keep confidential until now. On behalf of the judiciary in the South Central Judicial Read More

Take Action Against Colonialism: Support Indigenous Prisoners

I ask, what must we do to be a good caretaker of this land, to be a good relative, to protect all things sacred, to ensure that our future generations carry love, strength, compassion and the knowledge of how to care for the earth, for each other, and for their future generations?. . . Our Read More

22-Year-Old Water Protector Acquitted of Obstruction Charges in Morton County Today

Photo: Afnan Khan and WPLC Staff Attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen after the dismissal of charges at a bench trial in Mandan, ND. North Dakota Supreme Court District Judge Bruce B. Haskell dismissed the Class A misdemeanor charge of Physical Obstruction of a Government Function and entered a judgement of acquittal for Water Protector Afnan Khan, arrested Read More

Press Release: Outreach Tour in North and South Dakota to Resolve Outstanding Warrants to Commence on August 2

Mandan, ND: During the first week of August, legal workers from Water Protector Legal Collective will be present at tribal gatherings throughout the Dakotas to meet with  Water Protectors wishing to resolve outstanding warrants issued in connection with their NoDAPL activities in North Dakota during 2016-2017. As the criminal cases being prosecuted in state court Read More

Press Release: Dion Ortiz Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement, 1 Charge Dropped –Recommendation of Up to 3 Years

Mandan, ND: Dion Ortiz appeared in federal court in Bismarck on July 17 for a change of plea hearing as per the terms of a non-cooperating agreement with prosecutors. Water Protector Dion Ortiz (in tie) with attorney and family prior to his change of plea hearing in Bismarck on July 17, 2018 Dion had been Read More

Court Update: Three Water Protectors Found Not Guilty – Eleven More Have Charges Dismissed

Eleven Water Protectors have had all charges dismissed because their cases were substantially the same as three who went to trial and were acquitted last week. All 14 were accused of obstructing law enforcement’s efforts to clear the Oceti Sakowin camp on February 23, 2017, pursuant to Governor Burgum’s executive order declaring the camp hazardous Read More

Press Release: Little Feather Sentenced to 36 Months

First Standing Rock Federal Case Concludes Bismarck, ND: Michael “Little Feather” Giron was today sentenced to a 36 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the first Water Protector arrested in relation to the DAPL pipeline resistance at Standing Rock to be sentenced to a substantial prison term and the first Read More

Update: Plea Agreements, Diversions and Upcoming Trials

Of the 831 state arrests from Standing Rock, 578 have concluded so far. A large majority of those, (337), were won through dismissal or acquittal at trial. This is a huge success for Water Protectors and for the many attorneys and legal workers who have been working steadily for over a year and half and Read More

Update: Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments

The North Dakota Supreme Court in Bismarck heard oral arguments today in the appeal from convictions of Water Protectors Mary Redway and Alexander Simon. Attorney Sam Saylor with Freshet Collective appeared on behalf of both. On October 19, 2017, Mary and Alex became the first Water Protectors to be sentenced to jail time in their Read More

Press Release: Rattler Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement

One Charge Dropped – Joint Recommendation of 3 Years Mandan, ND: A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Michael Markus, who is known as Rattler, after reaching a non-cooperating plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, the government will drop the most serious charge and both parties will recommend a sentence of 36 Read More

Press Release: Second Felony Conviction From Man Camp Action

“When they’re raping our mother earth, they are also raping our women.” Mandan, ND: The second group of trials from the Standing Rock action in commemoration of missing and murdered indigenous women concluded today. These were among the first of over 20 Water Protectors going to trial during the coming weeks from the November 15, Read More

Press Release: First Trial from Red Dress Action Results in Conviction

  Mandan, ND: The first of the trials from the November 15, 2106 action in commemoration of missing and murdered indigenous women concluded today. Water Protector Rodrick Joe was convicted of Tampering with a Public Service, a Class C felony. “I was there to support my indigenous sisters,” said Joe upon sentencing. “There are still Read More

Press Release: Government Withholding Key Evidence in Standing Rock Federal Prosecution

Revolver Belonged to a Paid Government Informant Bismarck, ND: Federal defense attorneys for Red Fawn Fallis filed a Motion to Compel Discovery yesterday in the District of North Dakota. The motion outlines numerous videos and other crucial documentary evidence that have been requested by defense but not provided by the government. Among the documents that Read More

Press Release: Red Fawn Fallis Motions Hearing

Unlawful Arrest Targeting Protected Speech Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis appeared in federal District Court here today, where her attorneys argued Motions to Suppress in front of Chief Judge Daniel Hovland. Today’s hearing was the continuation from a full day of testimony on Friday December 8. Defense attorneys assert that law enforcement had no probable Read More

Court Update: Motions Argued on Behalf of Water Protector Arrested Oct 17 2016

A Lakota Sioux man from Standing Rock who was arrested on 10/27/16 while peacefully protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline next to his home appeared in court today. He is presently charged with Engaging in a Riot and Causing a Public Nuisance. His attorney argued the following motions in court before Judge Read More