One Year Since the Battle of Backwater Bridge

Today we mark the anniversary of one of the most shameful and extreme incidents of police violence at Standing Rock. We watched in disbelief and horror as a highly militarized police force turned water cannons and fire hoses on Water Protectors in sub-freezing temperatures, launched explosive grenades and fired rubber or plastic bullets and other Read More

Court Update: Motions Argued on Behalf of Water Protector Arrested Oct 17 2016

A Lakota Sioux man from Standing Rock who was arrested on 10/27/16 while peacefully protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline next to his home appeared in court today. He is presently charged with Engaging in a Riot and Causing a Public Nuisance. His attorney argued the following motions in court before Judge Read More

Press Release: Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Contact: Lead attorney in Dundon: Rachel Lederman, [email protected], (415) 350-6496 WPLC Executive Director: Terry Janis, [email protected], (701) 425-7080 Appellate Court Ruling in Standing Rock Police Violence Lawsuit No Preliminary Injunction: Case Moves Toward Trial Bismarck, ND: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overrule a district court decision Read More

Court Update: More Dismissals for Water Protectors

Court Update: November 14, 2017 Three Water Protectors arrested on October 10, 2016 appeared in Morton County Criminal Court before Judge Haskell yesterday, November 13th, for a hearing on their attorneys’ motions to dismiss for want of probable cause. They were arrested while praying on an unmarked construction site, on a federal holiday during which Read More

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