Water Protector Prisoners

Federal Charges:

Those who faced federal charges are all Indigenous people.

Red Fawn and Rattler are in prison on federal charges and would appreciate letters from supporters on white paper and envelopes only (Please scroll down for more information on tips on writing to federal prisoners).

Little Feather, Dion Ortiz and Angry Bird are still under mandatory federal supervision.

Water Protector Legal Collective has partnered with Prison Radio of the Redwood Justice Fund and they will be accepting and distributing tax deductible donations for the direct support of NoDAPL political prisoners. To contribute please make your donation through Redwood Justice Fund here.  If you would like to donate by phone please call 415-648-4505.

For more info on the Water Protector political prisoners check out the collaborative website www.nodaplpoliticalprisoners.org. This the official and only collaborative support committee for the NoDAPL political prisoners.

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, Unit E, Federal Correctional Institution, 5701 8th St., Dublin, CA 94568.

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. To contribute funds directly to Red Fawn (that will be added to her commissary) you can do so here. The information you will need is to accomplish this is: RedFawn Fallis, Prisoner No.16358-059.

Dion Ortiz

Dion was released from FCI Sandstone on April 3, 2019, then lived in a halfway house in his home state of New Mexico.

Legal Information is on his case page here. You can make a donation to support Dion here. Dion’s support page is here.

Michael “Little Feather” Giron

On May 30, 2018, Little Feather was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement. On July 15, 2019 Little Feather was released from USP Hazelton a maximum security prison.  Little Feather after release was assigned to mandatory supervised probation at a halfway house in Mandan, North Dakota. Currently, he has requested for his supervised probation to be transferred to NM where he can be closer to his family. Little Feather will need support for this transfer, please donate. Please continue to write him at: Michael “Little Feather” Giron, PO Box 578, Mandan, ND 58554.

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

 Michael “Rattler” Markus

On September 27, 2018, Rattler was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to the terms of his  non-cooperating plea agreement. Please write to him at: Michael Markus, Prisoner No. 06280-073, FCI Sandstone, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box 1000, Sandstone, MN 55072

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 view his Facebook page here and make a financial contribution directly to Rattler here.

James “Angry Bird” White*

On December 5, 2018,  Angry Bird was sentenced pursuant to the terms of his  non-cooperating plea agreement to time served, two  years of supervised release and $100 special assessment for the charge of  Civil Disorder. Please write to him at: James “Angry Bird” White, PO Box 755, Fort Yates, ND 58538.

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

*Rules about prison correspondence are not applicable to Angry Bird.

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). Please use white paper and white envelopes only (no colored paper, cards, stickers or glitter).
  • Do not make any promises that you may not be able to keep (including about writing again).
  • Be sure to include your full first and last name (not just initials) and return mailing 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).
  • Books and magazines must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon.
  • The BOP’s rules regarding sending mail, money and other materials are here.

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.

The Jericho Movement has information about how to support political prisoners on their website, here.

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.