Press Release: WPLC Receives 2018 Arc of Justice Award

North Dakota Human Rights Coalition confers award for ongoing legal defense of Water Protectors Mandan, ND: At a ceremony today in Fargo, ND, 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 Read More

Press Release: Water Protector Wins Appeal at North Dakota Supreme Court

UPDATED on December 2, 2018: WPLC Cooperating Attorney Melinda Power called the Jessee decision: “a good victory for… everyone arrested on November 15th…”. Power was right. Another of her clients with the same charges from the same day,  Water Protector Brian O’Keefe, who’d been scheduled to stand trial on November 27, had his charges dismissed by Morton Read More

Press Release: Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland Grants Downward Variance: Dion Ortiz Sentenced to 16 Months for Civil Disorder

Dion Ortiz at home in San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico Bismarck, ND: Dion Ortiz was sentenced on October 22, 2018 to a 16-month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the fourth Water Protector arrested in relation to the DAPL pipeline resistance at Standing Rock to be sentenced to a substantial prison Read More

Press Release: Michael “Rattler” Markus Sentenced to 36 Months, Will Self-Surrender in November

Photo: Michael “Rattler” Markus with partner Olive Bias (on left) and WPLC attorney Sandra Freeman after yesterday’s sentencing hearing in federal court in Bismarck Bismarck, ND: Michael “Rattler” Markus was sentenced yesterday to a 36 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the third Water Protector arrested in relation to the 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

Press Release: Red Fawn Sentenced to 57 Months 


Red Fawn Fallis behind screen before sentencing on July 11, 2018 at federal court in Bismarck, ND Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis was sentenced on July 11, 2018 to a 57 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the second Water Protector arrested in relation to the DAPL pipeline resistance at 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

WPLC: The Struggle Continues at Standing Rock and Beyond

The staff and board at the Water Protector Legal Collective would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters and to share some exciting news!  While our current work remains far from over, WPLC is taking steps towards a future beyond Standing Rock – continuing to provide movement legal support in Read More

Press Release: Little Feather Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement

One Charge Dropped – Joint Recommendation of 3 Years Mandan, ND: On Thursday February 8, Michael Giron will appear in federal court in Bismarck for a change of plea hearing as per the terms of a non-cooperating agreement with prosecutors. Mr. Giron, who is known as Little Feather, was charged with Civil Disorder and Use 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: Red Fawn Fallis Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement

One Charge Dropped: Government to Recommend a Maximum of 7 Years Mandan, ND: Attorneys for Red Fawn Fallis today notified the court of a change of plea pursuant to an agreement with prosecutors. If the judge accepts the plea, the government will drop the most serious charge and recommend a sentence of no more than 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