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

Case Updates Brochure

Tri-fold brochure with the most recent updates in the state and federal criminal cases and the civil litigation, and information about what you can do to support this work. Set your printer to double-sided at 100% size (check that the two sides have the top on the same edge – you may need to adjust Read More

Federal Case Update: Three Non-Cooperating Pleas Accepted

Sentencing Hearings End of May The three Water Protectors who have entered non-cooperating plea agreements in their federal criminal cases have now all had their change of plea accepted by the judge and sentencing dates set. Red Fawn Fallis is incarcerated in Rugby, ND awaiting sentencing on May 31, 2018. On January 22, 2018, she 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

Press Release: Red Fawn Fallis Motions Hearing

Unlawful Arrest Targeting Protected Speech Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis appeared in federal District Court here today, where her attorneys argued Motions to Suppress in front of Chief Judge Daniel Hovland. Today’s hearing was the continuation from a full day of testimony on Friday December 8. Defense attorneys assert that law enforcement had no probable Read More

Decolonize Thanksgiving with a Gift to Water Protector Legal Collective

Dear Relatives, For so many of us, Thanksgiving is a symbol of the violence and stolen land that this country was built upon. Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is asking you – our community – to acknowledge and honor that history by standing with us against colonialism and in solidarity with the hundreds of Water Read More

One Year Since the Battle of Backwater Bridge

Today we mark the anniversary of one of the most shameful and extreme incidents of police violence at Standing Rock. We watched in disbelief and horror as a highly militarized police force turned water cannons and fire hoses on Water Protectors in sub-freezing temperatures, launched explosive grenades and fired rubber or plastic bullets and other Read More

Court Update: Motions Argued on Behalf of Water Protector Arrested Oct 17 2016

A Lakota Sioux man from Standing Rock who was arrested on 10/27/16 while peacefully protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline next to his home appeared in court today. He is presently charged with Engaging in a Riot and Causing a Public Nuisance. His attorney argued the following motions in court before Judge Read More

Press Release: Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Contact: Lead attorney in Dundon: Rachel Lederman, [email protected], (415) 350-6496 WPLC Executive Director: Terry Janis, [email protected], (701) 425-7080 Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit No Preliminary Injunction: Case Moves Toward Trial Bismarck, ND: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overrule a district court decision Read More

Court Update: More Dismissals for Water Protectors

Court Update: November 14, 2017 Three Water Protectors arrested on October 10, 2016 appeared in Morton County Criminal Court before Judge Haskell yesterday, November 13th, for a hearing on their attorneys’ motions to dismiss for want of probable cause. They were arrested while praying on an unmarked construction site, on a federal holiday during which Read More