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

Ten More Water Protector Cases Dismissed

Press Release 17.05.10 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ten more Water Protector cases have been dismissed by the Morton County State’s Attorney office on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The State acknowledged that a reason for the dismissals was because they “cannot meet the elements of the offense as charged.” The dismissed cases all stem from an October Read More

05/03/17 Update by Truthout regarding the ongoing legal struggles Water Protectors face

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40431-settler-state-repression-standing-rock-battles-continue-in-the-courts Settler State Repression: Standing Rock Battles Continue in the Courts Wednesday, May 03, 2017 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report As a means of making bombing, sanctioning or invading other countries palatable to the general population, the US government has consistently used the actions of other governments against their own people as an excuse. Read More

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