Federal Criminal Cases


WPLC is providing legal support for five Water Protectors with federal criminal charges arising from October 27, 2016.

Each of these Water Protectors has their own legal team of experienced movement attorneys, investigators and legal workers. WPLC supports these defense teams through: covering all of the transportation and other travel costs for the legal defense work (court appearances, conducting investigations and travel to client visits or meetings);  supporting coordination and communication among the defense teams; public information, publicity and media relations assistance; and several of our staff members and volunteers work directly on the cases conducting research and investigations.  WPLC also works with families and close community members to help them create support committees that can provide a range of long-term support and assistance directly to the individual Water Protectors as they prepare for trials or are incarcerated and serving prison time.

The current status for the five Water Protectors with federal charges for whom WPLC is providing support is as follows:

Red Fawn Fallis

On July 11, 2018, Red Fawn was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for Civil Disorder and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. Please write her at: Red Fawn Fallis, Prisoner No. 16358-059, FMC Carswell, Post Office Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127 (8-2-18)

Michael “Little Feather” Giron

On May 30, 2018, Little Feather was sentenced to a 36 month federal prison term for Civil Disorder. Please write to him at: Michael (“Little Feather”) Giron, Prisoner No. 25201-075, USP Hazelton, U.S. Penitentiary, PO Box 2000, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525.

Michael “Rattler” Markus

Rattler is out on supervised pretrial release awaiting sentencing on September 27, 2018. Under his plea agreement, there will be a joint recommendation of 36 months in prison for Civil Disorder.

Dion Ortiz

Dion is awaiting sentencing on October 22. Under his plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend up to 36 months in prison for Civil Disorder. Please write him at: Dion Ortiz, Resident, Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center, 110 Industrial Rd, Rugby, ND 58368 (as of 8-10-18)

Please visit his Support Page  and contribute to his Paypal account.

James “Angry Bird” White

On July 12, 2108, Angry Bird entered into a non-coooperative plea agreement in which prosecutors will recommend time served plus 12 months of home confinement for Civil Disorder.

Please click on their names to visit their respective case pages for information about their cases and how you can support them.  For details about how you can support these or any Water Protectors who are in prison, see our Water Protector Prisoners page.

Please also consider making a donation to the collective legal expenses for these Water Protectors here (by selecting  the “Federal Criminal Defense” earmark.)