Water Protector Alexander Simon Released From Jail

Bismarck, ND: Alexander Simon was released from Morton County Detention Center today. Alexander Simon and Mary Redway were the first two Water Protectors to be sentenced to jail time for first amendment activity at Standing Rock. Simon served 12 days and Redway served four days. By imposing jail time the judge departed from the State’s Read More

Press Release: Two Water Protectors Sentenced to Jail for First Amendment Activity

For Immediate Release: Judge Merrick finds two Water Protectors guilty for first amendment activity Mary Redway and Alexander Simon are the first two Water Protectors to receive a sentence of jail time for any protest-related misdemeanor conviction. This happened after the State’s Attorney recommended no jail time. The initial charges the two faced were dismissed Read More

Court Update: Three Water Protectors Acquitted of All Charges

Three Water Protectors Acquitted of All Charges Morton County- The five charges included criminal trespass, engaging in a riot, obstruction of a governmental function, disobedience of a public safety order during riot conditions, and disorderly conduct. Defendants maintained they were engaged in lawful activity and the State had insufficient evidence to prove any criminal activity, Read More

Paper: Society of Indian Psychologists

The Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP) Educational Paper Regarding the Use of Counterterrorism Tactics on Native Peoples and Allies We, the Society of Indian Psychologists and our allies, oppose the use of counterterrorism tactics primarily targeting Native American peoples and supporting allies on historical and current tribal lands without regard to their rights as citizens Read More

Inforum: LaDuke: Allowing out-of-state representation for water protectors is the right call

LaDuke: Allowing out-of-state representation for water protectors is the right call North Dakota remains in the international spotlight since last year’s battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The North Dakota Supreme Court is currently reconsidering the allowance of pro hac vice, i.e. allowing out-of-state attorneys to defend water protectors. What the court decides, and how Read More

WPLC Response in Opposition to the Petition to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside ND

Response in Opposition to the Petition to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside North Dakota The Petition Submitted to Terminate the Special Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys from Outside North Dakota (Petition to Terminate) was submitted by Judges of the South Central District on September 11, 2017. Read More

Comment from ND Attorney Sarah Vogel to the Supreme Court about Pro Hac Vice Petition

I am Sarah Vogel and I was one of the North Dakota attorneys who signed the December 14, 2016 Petition to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys from Outside North Dakota.  I was pleased that the Supreme Court amended its Admission to Practice Rules to allow streamlining of its procedures for temporary Read More

Attention Water Protectors With Open State Cases

Attention Water Protectors with open state cases related to fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline!   Photo Cred: Rob Wilson The petition to revoke the Pro Hac Vice program remains in the comment period; meanwhile, Water Protectors, legal workers and attorneys continue to work tirelessly to secure Water Protectors legal counsel. The Pro Hac Vice program Read More

Letters of Support from Tribes & Attorneys

          CRST ProHacComment 9-21-17 SRST ProHacComment 9-22-17 DS Letter to Supreme Court We will update this page as letters continue to come in.  Thank you!

Press Release: Judges Petition Supreme Court to Revoke Provisions for Out-of-State Legal Representation

PRESS RELEASE Water Protector Legal Collective P.O. Box 578 Mandan, ND 58554 701-595-1509 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUDGES PETITION SUPREME COURT TO REVOKE PROVISIONS FOR OUT-OF-STATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION, PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE BY OCT. 2 MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA. Judges in the South Central Judicial District of North Dakota have petitioned the Supreme Court of North Dakota to Read More

Callout for Comments: ND Judges Trying to End Program Allowing Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

The judges from the South Central Judicial District of North Dakota have petitioned the Supreme Court of North Dakota to revoke the Pro Hac program that allows out of state attorneys to represent Water Protectors. This is a huge problem for Water Protectors. The North Dakota Supreme court is allowing people to comment on the Read More

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. Note that some may get dismissed between now and these dates and you can check on the court’s website here for the most current information: http://publicsearch.ndcourts.gov/default.aspx We are continuing 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

Press Release: Lack of Evidence Leads to Dismissal and Victory for Water Protectors

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