Bismarck Tribune: Judges Seek to End Procedure for Out-of-State Attorneys in No-DAPL Cases

Judges request ending provisions for outside attorneys in DAPL cases Local judges are asking the North Dakota Supreme Court to end provisions for out-of-state attorneys assisting cases related to protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In a petition filed Sept. 11, Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty wrote that South Central District judges would like the state’s highest Read More

Esquire: Still Fighting at Standing Rock

STILL FIGHTING AT STANDING ROCK The national media has moved on, but the story is not over. BY NATASHA LENNARD for Esquire   Rattler sat on the sofa scrolling through his phone. It was a drizzling, cold spring day in Bismarck, North Dakota, but he wasn’t going outside much anyway. A great mountain of a man Read More

Grist: Paramilitary security tracked and targeted #noDAPL activists as “jihadists,” docs show

SPECIAL REPORT By Antonia Juhasz on Jun 1, 2017  As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to Read More

Democracy Now: Private Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Compares Anti-DAPL Water Protectors to “Jihadist Insurgency”

http://https://publish.dvlabs.com/democracynow/360/dn2017-0531.mp4?start=2816.0 This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to an explosive new investigation by The Interceptthat reveals how international private security firm TigerSwan targeted Dakota Access water protectors with military-style counterterrorism measures. TigerSwan began as a U.S. military and State Department contractor. It was Read More

Bismarck Tribune: Last Minute Trial Cancellations Corner Protesters

http://m.bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/last-minute-trial-cancellations-corner-protesters/article_16a3f452-a394-5d05-b880-a7a7ea64f633.html Jeffrey Hush, a Dakota Access Pipeline opponent arrested during a protest in October, was headed back to North Dakota this week. He was to face trial on charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot on Friday. Hush charged two plane tickets — one for himself and one for a friend to serve Read More

Truthout: Settler State Repression: Standing Rock Battles Continue in the Courts

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40431-settler-state-repression-standing-rock-battles-continue-in-the-courts Settler State Repression: Standing Rock Battles Continue in the Courts Wednesday, May 03, 2017 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report As a means of making bombing, sanctioning or invading other countries palatable to the general population, the US government has consistently used the actions of other governments against their own people as an excuse. Read More

Newsweek: Anti-DAPL Activists Call for Return to Battle at Standing Rock

by Michael Bennett Cohn for Newsweek On January 24, President Donald Trump signed an order that makes it easier for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to complete its controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Trump also issued a memorandum clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline, which has also been controversial. Keystone XL Read More

New Yorker: A Murky Legal Mess at Standing Rock

By Colin Moynihan for The New Yorker Word of the cancellations went out by way of unsigned notices e-mailed to defense lawyers… The e-mails said nothing about new court dates… In early September, Allisha LaBarge, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, travelled from Hibbing, Minnesota, to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, in Read More

LA Times: Wounded on the front line at Standing Rock, a protester refuses to give up her fight

by Sandy Tolan for Los Angeles Times On the night Vanessa Dundon was shot in the eye, she was on the front lines looking up at a phalanx of police. It was after sundown on a cold night at the Backwater Bridge at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Dundon, 31, a Navajo Read More

The Guardian: ‘Bogus charges’: Standing Rock activists say they face campaign of legal bullying

Native American protesters claim that threats of fines and criminal charges, many which later unravel in court, are designed to silence their efforts by Sam Levin and Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco, for The Guardian In what appears to be a concerted effort to deter people from joining the Standing Rock protests, North Dakota Read More

The Intercept: Standing Rock Demonstrators File Class Action Lawsuit Over Police Violence

by Alleen Brown for The Intercept Pipeline demonstrators injured by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than Read More

UN Rapporteur: Native Americans Facing Excessive Force In North Dakota Pipeline Protests

From United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai GENEVA – A United Nations human rights expert has accused US security forces of using excessive force against protesters trying to stop an oil pipeline project which runs through land sacred to indigenous people. Law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used Read More