Press Release: Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty

FOR 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

Press Release: Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2017 Dundon et al. v. Kirchmeier, 8th Circuit Case No 17-1306 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Rachel Lederman, WPLC Attorney: [email protected], 415-350-6496 Brandy Toelupe, WPLC Attorney: [email protected], 720-876-8300 Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR and Media Coordinator: [email protected], 701-595-1509 Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing WPLC attorneys Read More

DAPL SLAPP SUIT AGAINST WATER PROTECTORS DISMISSED

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

Court Update: Ten More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

May 10, 2017 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 22, 2016 mass Read More

Court Update: Two More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

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 Highway 6 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

Press Release: 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

Court Update: 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

Press Release: 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