For Immediate Release MEDIA ADVISORY FROM WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE September 25, 2018 For More Information or to Arrange Post-Sentencing Interviews, Please Contact: Frances Madeson, Communications Coordinator Cell: 412-616-0109 Email: [email protected] WATER PROTECTOR MICHAEL “RATTLER” MARKUS TO BE SENTENCED FOR CIVIL DISORDER, JUDGE DANIEL E. HOVLAND PRESIDING Under his non-cooperating plea agreement, the Use of Read More

Court Update: Mennonite Water Protector Makes Faith-Based Stance, Found Guilty by a Morton County Jury

Photo: Water Protector Dennis Lehmann after his conviction in Morton County On September 7, after a brief deliberation, a six-member Morton County jury quickly found 65-year-old Dennis Lehmann of Freeman, South Dakota guilty of Class A misdemeanor charges of physical obstruction of a government function. Judge James Hill sentenced Lehmann to 90 days of unsupervised Read More

Court Update: On Appeal, Convictions Upheld of Misdemeanor Charges Against Two Water Protectors Arrested at a Prayer Walk Almost Two Years Ago

“Flawed ruling that ignores the total lack of evidence presented by the State” says Freshet Collective defense attorney about yesterday’s North Dakota Supreme Court Opinion Photo courtesy of Jonathan Klett: Mary Redway and Alex Simon being led away in handcuffs to serve jail sentences for First Amendment activity last year. Judge Thomas E. Merrick chastised Read More

Court Update: Water Protector Found Not Guilty on One Charge, Receives Deferred Sentence on Another

Arrested rather than abandon a Lakota elder making a treaty stand on camp’s final day, a principled Water Protector accepts her sentence Photo: WPLC Attorney Andrea Carter and Water Protectors Aubree Peckham, Regina Brave and Leta Killer-Bailey after the bench trial in Mandan, ND. North Dakota Supreme Court District Judge Thomas J. Schneider dismissed Class Read More

Court Update: After North Dakota Rests Case Against Two “Last Child Camp” Water Protectors, Judge Dismisses the Charges, Citing Rule 29 

State of North Dakota Fails to Present Sufficient Evidence to Proceed to Trial on Riot and Trespass Charges Photo: Sacred Stone Camp founder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, WPLC Staff Attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen, defendants Andrew Weber and Christina Rogers, and Volunteer Attorney Patricia Handlin after the dismissal of charges at a bench trial in Mandan, ND. Read More


For Immediate Release MEDIA ADVISORY FROM WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE August 16, 2018 For More Information or to Arrange Post-Trial Interviews, Please Contact:Frances Madeson, Communications Coordinator Cell: 412-616-0109 Email: [email protected] LADONNA BRAVE BULL ALLARD TO TESTIFY FOR FIRST TIME AT STANDING ROCK BENCH TRIAL, JUDGE GRINSTEINER PRESIDING Out-of-State Defendant Returns to Face Charges—Engaging in a Read More

Court Update: 22-Year-Old Water Protector Acquitted of Obstruction Charges in Morton County Today

Photo: Afnan Khan and WPLC Staff Attorney Moira Meltzer-Cohen after the dismissal of charges at a bench trial in Mandan, ND. North Dakota Supreme Court District Judge Bruce B. Haskell dismissed the Class A misdemeanor charge of Physical Obstruction of a Government Function and entered a judgement of acquittal for Water Protector Afnan Khan, arrested Read More

Press Release: Red Fawn Sentenced to 57 Months 

Red Fawn Fallis behind screen before sentencing on July 11, 2018 at federal court in Bismarck, ND Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis was sentenced on July 11, 2018 to a 57 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the second Water Protector arrested in relation to the DAPL pipeline resistance at Read More

Court Update: Three Water Protectors Found Not Guilty – Eleven More Have Charges Dismissed

Eleven Water Protectors have had all charges dismissed because their cases were substantially the same as three who went to trial and were acquitted last week. All 14 were accused of obstructing law enforcement’s efforts to clear the Oceti Sakowin camp on February 23, 2017, pursuant to Governor Burgum’s executive order declaring the camp hazardous Read More

WPLC is Hiring! Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney Vacancy POSITION DESCRIPTION: This job vacancy is for fulltime work, onsite, in Mandan, ND, with Water Protector Legal Collective. This is a unique opportunity for a prospective movement lawyer to obtain extensive criminal defense and movement legal support training and mentorship. Recent law grads are welcome to apply, and WPLC is willing to Read More

Update: Plea Agreements, Diversions and Upcoming Trials

Of the 831 state arrests from Standing Rock, 578 have concluded so far. A large majority of those, (337), were won through dismissal or acquittal at trial. This is a huge success for Water Protectors and for the many attorneys and legal workers who have been working steadily for over a year and half and Read More

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

Brochure 9.26.2018 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 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