NORTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS are considering a bill to restrict the release of records related to security operations involving “critical infrastructure” — a category that includes fossil fuel pipelines. The bill comes after The Intercept and other media outlets published stories documenting law enforcement surveillance and coordination with private security during the Dakota Access pipeline protests, many of which were Read More

Dakota Access criminal cases wrapping up in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of state-level criminal cases stemming from the prolonged protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline are mostly wrapped up, and an organization of volunteer attorneys that formed to aid protesters is shifting its focus to other potential battles, including the Keystone XL pipeline and President Donald Trump’s southern Read More


Water Protector Legal Collective Board President, Daniel T’seleie, said the NoDAPL experience was an “organizational milestone.” “We did our best to reduce legal harms for the Standing Rock Water Protectors in racist colonial courts,” T’seleie said. “We commissioned a study that demonstrated the bias of the local jury pool that helped guide legal strategies for Read More

New Bills Target Protesters, First Amendment

Part of the fallout from the NoDAPL resistance at Standing Rock is legislative. Two concerning bills have been introduced in the North Dakota State Legislature this session and are analyzed in this High Plains Reader article: SB-2044, which expands criminalization against protest and ‘conspirators’ and SB-2209, which helps private and public interests operate in the Read More


MANDAN, N.D.  — At a ceremony Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota, an award was conferred by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition upon Water Protector Legal Collective for championing the human rights of Water Protectors arrested in the NoDAPL resistance at Standing Rock from August 2016 to February 2017. NDHRC has made the annual award for the Read More

We Were There to Protect the Water

At 19 years old, Dion Ortiz left his birthplace of San Felipe Pueblo for Denver. His basic plan was to escape the bad habits he’d picked up. After a few months, he landed a construction job, but didn’t see much else on the horizon. Before he could settle in during the summer of 2016, his Read More

‘Treating protest as terrorism’: US plans crackdown on Keystone XL activists

Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana fears that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could break and spill, destroy her tribe’s water, and desecrate sacred Native American sites. But environmental catastrophe is not the most immediate threat. The government has characterized pipeline opponents like her as “extremists” and violent criminals Read More

Standing Rock protests landed Providence woman in jail, and gave her a new purpose

PROVIDENCE — Retired environmental planner and former stay-at-home mom Mary Redway recalls the moment she decided to upend life as she knew it and head across the country alone to see the Standing Rock pipeline protests for herself. Redway, then 64, was watching with interest in 2016 as Native American youths embarked on a 2,000-mile Read More

ND Supreme Court upholds convictions for 2 DAPL protesters

In its unanimous opinion issued Tuesday, the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld evidence that convicted two people involved in a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted Mary Redway and Alex Simon in October 2017 of misdemeanors related to the protest march in a pasture in southern Morton County. Read More

The Intercept: Oil and Water Part 14

FOLLOWING AN EMOTIONAL hearing in Bismarck, North Dakota, this week, Oglala Lakota Sioux water protector Red Fawn Fallis was sentenced to 57 months in prison on charges stemming from her arrest while opposing the Dakota Access pipeline. Fallis was arrested in October 2016 when hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on a protest camp in the Read More

The Intercept: Oil and Water Part 8

The Battle of Treaty Camp Law Enforcement Descended On Standing Rock A Year Ago And Changed the DAPL Fight Forever One year ago today, on October 27, 2016, hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on a small resistance camp that stood directly in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline, forcibly evicting residents and arresting Read More

Democracy Now: Standing Rock: Judge Sentences 2 Water Protectors to Jail Time

And in North Dakota, a judge has sentenced two water protectors to jail time after they were convicted on misdemeanor charges over an October 2016 protest at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline. Twenty-seven-year-old Alexander Simon was sentenced to serve 18 days in jail for obstruction of a government function, while 64-year-old Mary Redway was sentenced to six days in jail for disorderly conduct.

Bismarck Tribune: Hundreds Oppose Ending No-DAPL Attorney Access Procedures

From coast to coast and across the world, comments have streamed into the North Dakota Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, almost all opposing a judges’ petition to end legal provisions for out-of-state attorneys assisting cases related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Supreme Court Clerk Penny Miller said her office had received 244 comments by Monday morning, Read More

Inforum: LaDuke: Allowing out-of-state representation for water protectors is the right call

LaDuke: Allowing out-of-state representation for water protectors is the right call North Dakota remains in the international spotlight since last year’s battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The North Dakota Supreme Court is currently reconsidering the allowance of pro hac vice, i.e. allowing out-of-state attorneys to defend water protectors. What the court decides, and how Read More

The Intercept: Oil and Water Part 7

Police Used Private Security Aircraft for Surveillance in Standing Rock No-Fly Zone The FAA’s no-fly zone barred indigenous drone pilots from documenting the NoDAPL struggle, but private security aircraft continued surveillance. AT THE HEIGHT of the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction last fall, the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a rare “temporary flight restriction,” Read More