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

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505-469-0714 [email protected] BISMARCK, ND: A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation.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

Army Corps Will Grant Easement for DAPL – Waives Notification Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2017 Contact: Brandy Toelupe, President, Water Protector Legal Collective: cell (720) 876-8300, [email protected] Rachel Lederman, lead attorney in Dundon v. Kirchmeier: cell (415) 350-6496, [email protected] Sarah Hogarth, WPLC Communications Coordinator: (212) 260-4263, [email protected] BISMARCK, ND: Water Protector Legal Collective is outraged by the U.S. Department of the Army’s notification to Read More

New Papers Filed in Dundon v. Kirchmeier Document Excessive Force at Backwater Bridge

WPLC cooperating attorneys filed new papers in our excessive force lawsuit today. Dundon v. Kirchmeier was filed on November 28 in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of November 20, 2016. The lawsuit seeks Read More

WPLC Wins Change in Rules For Out of State Attorneys to Defend Water Protectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Bill Tilton, Lead Attorney: (612) 867-7473, [email protected] Sandra Freeman, WPLC Criminal Defense Case Coordinator: (701) 805-1576, [email protected] Sarah Hogarth, WPLC Communications Coordinator: (212) 260-4263, [email protected] WPLC Wins Change in Rules For Out of State Attorneys to Defend Water Protectors Court Creates New Regulations for NoDAPL Criminal Cases BISMARCK, Read More

WPLC Calls for Morton County Prosecutor Resignation and Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2016 Contact: Brandy Toelupe, WPLC President: (720) 876-8300 | [email protected] Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | [email protected] MANDAN, ND — Yesterday, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued an order calling for public comments on a petition filed by the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative Read More

Water Protectors Headed to Court Continue to Assert Indigenous Sovereignty

Ten Defendants face first trial in spite of gross Constitutional violations For immediate release Contact: Angela Bibens, 605-519-8180 Mandan, ND: The first trial of those charged in the resistance to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) begins on Monday, December 19 in Morton County, North Dakota. Monday’s trial is the first of multiple jury Read More

WPLC Calls on Morton County to Remove Illegal Blockade of Hwy 1806 to Water Protector Camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2016 Contact: Brandy Toelupe, WPLC President (720) 876-8300 | [email protected] Robin Martinez, WPLC Secretary: (816) 694-6304 | [email protected] Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director: (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | [email protected] MANDAN, ND—The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), sent a letter yesterday to the Read More

Arrests of NLG Legal Observers Call Attention to Rights Violations during Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2016 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-58100, ext. 15 | [email protected] King Downing, NLG Mass Defense Director 212-679-5100, ex. 14 | [email protected] NEW YORK—Last month’s arrest of Amy Mei Willis, a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Georgia Chapter and Legal Observer (LO) during a #FightFor15 demonstration in Read More

With DAPL Halted, Water Protector Legal Collective Calls on North Dakota to Drop All Charges

a photograph of the welcome sign at the Oceti Sakowin camp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2016 Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is denying an easement to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access) to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed and alternative routes are explored. “The Read More