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

WPLC is Hiring! Communications Coordinator/Director

Communications Coordinator/Director Vacancy POSITION DESCRIPTION: This job vacancy is for full-time work, onsite, in Mandan, ND, with Water Protector Legal Collective. The Communications Coordinator/Director is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic communications highlighting WPLC’s efforts in defending Water Protectors and serving a critical role in the NoDAPL pipeline struggle as well as the Read More

WPLC is Hiring! Bookkeeper/Office Manager

BOOKKEEPER/OFFICE MANAGER VACANCY QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: This job vacancy is available in Mandan, ND, with Water Protector Legal Collective.  Applicants for this position must be proficient in Excel, Word, and QuickBooks; have excellent written/verbal communication skills; the ability to multitask and work in a timely manner; experience in bookkeeping and records management; and maintain confidentiality 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

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