Case Updates and Upcoming Cases

We want anyone who would like to come and respectfully support Water Protectors at their hearings or know which cases are upcoming to check here July upcoming cases. We will continue to post upcoming trials and hearings as we know them. Note that some may get dismissed between now and these dates and you can check 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

Job Opportunity Executive Director

Job Opportunity Water Protector Legal Collective  Executive Director The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is hiring a full-time Executive Director to work at the WPLC office in North Dakota. The deadline to apply is July 21, 2017. The WPLC’s desire is to have the position filled by July 28, 2017. The Executive Director will have overall Read More

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

WPLC CS Bank Divestment Letter

The attached document is a 13 page letter from WPLC Board Members Brandy Toelupe (President) and Robin S. Martinez (Secretary), in coordination with others, requesting Credit Suisse to stop funding pipeline projects without the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of indigenous peoples. Parts of the document read: “We request that Credit Suisse (“CS”) immediately withdraw Read More

FPIC Favored To Be Mandatory For Sponsors of Projects Affecting Indian Country

WPLC Board Member and Attorney Robin Martinez is part of a group led by BankTrack – a European NGO – that’s engaging in discussions with the steering committee of the Equator Principles Association. The Equator Principles are a risk management framework adopted by approximately 80 global banks to evaluate environmental and social risks on large projects they finance. Read More

Grist: Paramilitary security tracked and targeted #noDAPL activists as “jihadists,” docs show

SPECIAL REPORT By Antonia Juhasz on Jun 1, 2017  As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to Read More

Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty

OR 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

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

Bismarck Tribune: Last Minute Trial Cancellations Corner Protesters

http://m.bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/last-minute-trial-cancellations-corner-protesters/article_16a3f452-a394-5d05-b880-a7a7ea64f633.html Jeffrey Hush, a Dakota Access Pipeline opponent arrested during a protest in October, was headed back to North Dakota this week. He was to face trial on charges of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot on Friday. Hush charged two plane tickets — one for himself and one for a friend to serve Read More