Two More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

For Immediate Release 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 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

WPLC is Seeking Qualified Attorneys to Represent Water Protectors

Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking qualified attorneys with criminal defense experience to represent Water Protectors with criminal charges pro hac vice in North Dakota. To offer criminal defense services pro bono, as required by the revised rules, please submit a Criminal Defense Volunteer Questionnaire. Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) provides on-the-ground legal representation Read More

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505-469-0714 [email protected] BISMARCK, ND: A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation.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

WPLC is Hiring!

Three immediate openings in our North Dakota office Water Protector Legal Collective is hiring for three full time staff positions based in our North Dakota office. These positions are available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply. Read the job descriptions and find out how to Read More

Anti-DAPL Activists Call for Return to Battle at Standing Rock

by Michael Bennett Cohn for Newsweek On January 24, President Donald Trump signed an order that makes it easier for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to complete its controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Trump also issued a memorandum clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline, which has also been controversial. Keystone XL Read More

Human Rights Hearing at Standing Rock

Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights, Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises, Pavel Sulyandziga, and Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, were at Standing Rock today. Together with representatives of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the ACLU Human Rights Program they conducted a hearing and took testimonies on human rights violations resulting from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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