Callout for Comments: ND Judges Trying to End Program Allowing Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

The judges from the South Central Judicial District of North Dakota have petitioned the Supreme Court of North Dakota to revoke the Pro Hac program that allows out of state attorneys to represent Water Protectors. This is a huge problem for Water Protectors. The North Dakota Supreme court is allowing people to comment on the Read More

Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Andrea Carter, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-5406, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Based on Recent Rulings: Ten More Cases Dismissed  A big win for water protectors last week, 10 of the cases arising from October 22, 2016 that were set to go Read More

Press Release: Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors

PDF: CourtUpdate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 01, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Sam Saylor, WPLC Attorney: (701) 425-6888, [email protected] Jessica Beheler, WPLC PR/Media: (701) 595-1509, [email protected] Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors WPLC attorney Sam Saylor represented Nicholas Jackson in Morton County on Thursday, June 29, 2017 by successfully arguing for Read More

Warrants

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

The Intercept: Oil and Water Part 1

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies” Internal TigerSwan documents provide a detailed picture of how the mercenary firm surveilled Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and infiltrated protest camps. A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism Read More

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