Our Staff


Frances Madeson – Communications Coordinator

Frances Madeson is a movement journalist and creative writer. She has written about the NoDAPL Resistance at Standing Rock and other pressing matters in Indian country for The Navajo Times, The Gallup Independent, Indian Country Media Network, yes! Magazine, High Country News, Ms., Red Wedge Magazine, The Progressive Magazine and American Theatre Magazine. Her recent work has also brought awareness to the J20 conspiracy trials for VICE, refugee resettlement for TabletMag, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral revival for The Progressive, and anti-corruption/money out of politics for The Scroll. She has published interviews with world, tribal, social movement and intellectual leaders including former president of Finland, Tarja Halonen, Duane “Chili” Yazzie, president of the Shiprock Chapter of the Navajo Nation, Food & Water Watch director Wenonah Hauter, Dr. Mona El-Farra, director of Gaza Projects for the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Her creative works include the comic novel Cooperative Village, a satire on the War on Terror set in the lower east side of Manhattan, and The Candle Lit, a play about Cold War martyr Ethel Rosenberg, produced by the Cleveland Public Theatre. She holds degrees from Washington University of St. Louis and the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center.

WPLC staff and volunteers are a dedicated and diverse group of lawyers, legal workers and administrators working out of our Mandan ND offices – including several people not listed above. According to our Principles of Unity, WPLC is Indigenous-led and employs a majority of Indigenous staff. After the acts of brutality demonstrated by local and imported law enforcement agencies acting in coordination with private security firms like Tiger Swan, the wounding of Water Protectors leading to permanent injury and disfigurement, the arrest and harassment of journalists, incarceration of our political prisoners in federal penitentiaries and the increase in racial tension in Morton County in the aftermath of the NoDAPL resistance at Standing Rock, some of our staff simply do not feel safe revealing their names and positions. Please see the Contact page on this website to reach our various departments.