Water Protector Prisoners

Federal Charges:

Red Fawn, Dion and Little Feather are in prison on federal charges and would appreciate letters from supporters. Rattler is out on supervised release and awaiting sentencing under an agreement that will recommend 36 months incarceration.

Red Fawn Fallis

On July 11, 2018, Red Fawn was  sentenced to 57 months in prison under the terms of a non-cooperating plea agreement. Please write to her at: Red Fawn Fallis, Prisoner No. 16358-059, FMC Carswell, Post Office Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127 (8-2-18).

Legal information is on her case page here, and more information on Red Fawn and how you can support her is on her support committee’s website here. You can make a donation to support Red Fawn’s legal defense here. To contribute funds directly to Red Fawn (that will be added to her commissary) you can do so here.

Dion Ortiz

On July 17,  2018, Dion entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a recommendation of up to 36 months in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Bismarck on October 22.

Please write him at: Dion Ortiz, Resident, Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center, 110 Industrial Rd, Rugby, ND 58368 (as of 8-10-18) You can make a donation directly to Dion here. Dion’s support page is here.

Little Feather

On May 30, 2018, Little Feather was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement. Please write to him at: Michael “Little Feather” Giron, #25201-075, USP Hazelton, U.S. Penitentiary, PO Box 2000, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

Legal information is on his case page here, and more information about Little Feather and how you can support him is on his website here.

 Michael “Rattler” Markus

Rattler has entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a joint recommendation of 36 months in prison. He remains out on supervised release awaiting sentencing. His sentencing date is September 27, 2018, in Bismarck federal court.

Legal information is on his case page here, and more information about Rattler and how you can support him is on his support committee page here. Supporters can make a financial contribution directly to Rattler here.

James “Angry Bird” White

On July 12, 2018, Angry Bird entered into a non-cooperative plea agreement in which prosecutors will recommend time served plus 12 months of home confinement for Civil Disorder. His Change of Plea and Sentencing date is November 15, 2018.


ND State Charges:

Alexander Simon (center) is greeted by supporters as he leaves Morton County Detention Center – Oct 31 2017


Alexander Simon (pictured center) and Mary Redway (center-right) were the first two Water Protectors sentenced to jail time.

Both have now served their jail time and have been released. Simon served 12 days and Redway served four days.

More information on Mary and Alex is here.

Resources for Prisoner Support:

Writing letters to prisoners is an important form of solidarity. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Do not ask any questions or share any information about the facts of the prisoners case, or events surrounding their arrest.
  • Remember that prison officials read all mail, so don’t say anything you would not want to say directly to them.
  • Do not send photos without asking first (sometimes prisoners have a maximum number of photos they are allowed to have) – but you can write your letter on the back of a flyer or image printed onto regular paper (stay away from any coated or glossy paper, since that may cause your letter to be returned).
  • Do not make any promises that you may not be able to keep (including about writing again).
  • Be sure to include your name and return address – in the letter itself as well as on the outside of the envelope (prisoners often do not receive the envelopes).
  • It’s a good idea to add page numbers to the bottom of your letter (so if a page is missing, they can tell).

NYC Anarchist Black Cross has more useful tips on writing letters to political prisoners here.

The Tilted Scales Collective publishes the Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant, which includes helpful information for anyone organizing a support committee or providing other support to a political prisoner. For a free zine or to order the book, visit their website here.