FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Warrants The Water Protector Legal Collective would like to help answer questions and resolve warrants for those Water Protectors who have been issued warrants in North Dakota. Approximately 126 warrants have been issued on original cases filed where Water Protectors do not have legal representation yet Read More

Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective For more information contact: WPLC Attorney Doug Parr, 405-642-3770 WPLC Media Coordinator Jessica Beheler, [email protected], 701-595-1509 Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty Aaron Sean Turgeon, also known as ‘Prolific the Rapper,’ faced three charges today regarding piloting a drone at a NoDapl demonstration site. After 30 Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Water Protector Legal Collective For more information contact: WPLC Attorney Rachel Lederman, [email protected], 415-982-9300 WPLC Media Coordinator Jessica Beheler, [email protected], 701-595-1509   DAPL SLAPP SUIT AGAINST WATER PROTECTORS DISMISSED May 18, 2017– The United States District Court dismissed pipeline consortium Dakota Access, LLC (DAPL)’s lawsuit against Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Read More

Ten More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

Press Release 17.05.10 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ten more Water Protector cases have been dismissed by the Morton County State’s Attorney office on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The State acknowledged that a reason for the dismissals was because they “cannot meet the elements of the offense as charged.” The dismissed cases all stem from an October Read More

Two More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

For Immediate Release March 30, 2017 Today, in a signed order, Morton County District Judge Schmalenberger granted Motions to Dismiss filed by water protector defendants Theresa Blackowl and Olivia Bias. The defendants were charged with “criminal trespass” and “engaging in a riot” when they were arrested at an area identified as DAPL site 118 on Read More

WPLC Calls on ING Bank to Divest from DAPL

The Water Protector Legal Collective delivered this letter to Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation ING Group, calling for immediate divestment from the Dakota Access Pipeline. March 10, 2017 ING Bank N.V. (ING Bank) Head Office Amsterdamse Poort Bijlmerplein 888 1102 MG Amsterdam The Netherlands Re: Divestment from the Dakota Access Pipeline Dear Board Read More

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