north dakota

  • Federal Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shut Down

    July 6, 2020
    Fargo, ND – After years of ongoing litigation surrounding the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), today District Judge James Boasberg ordered that the pipeline be shut down and emptied of oil within 30 days. Boasberg’s shutdown order is intended to last until the Army Corps…...
  • Coronavirus Concerns End St. Paul Educators Strike, Close Many Public Schools

    March 14, 2020
    St. Paul, MN – After a 19+ hour negotiating session beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, a tentative agreement was reached between Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and the St. Paul educators’ union around 3:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13 — the same day Minnesota…...
  • Lakota People’s Law Project Hosts Panel with Greta Thunberg & Tokata Iron Eyes

    October 6, 2019
    Pine Ridge, SD – On the evening of Sunday, October 6, the Lakota People’s Law Project hosted a climate change forum including a youth panel with Tokata Iron Eyes, who is a local Indigenous rights advocate and youth climate activist, as well as Swedish youth…...
  • Two Indicted For Sabotaging Dakota Access Pipeline

    October 2, 2019
    Des Moines, IA – Two environmental activists, Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for charges related to acts of sabotage against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in 2016 and 2017. The two are charged with “one count of…...
  • Infrared Aerial Surveillance Used at Standing Rock to Monitor and Track Protesters

    September 12, 2019
    Midwest, USA – Unicorn Riot obtained over 100 hours of infrared (IR) video footage taken by police surveillance aircraft during the 2016 protests in Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Drones, planes, and helicopters were used by law enforcement from multiple agencies to monitor…...
  • Multi-Agency Task Force Prepares “Rules of Engagement” For Line 3 Protests

    February 11, 2019
    MINNESOTA – Unicorn Riot has uncovered documents revealing the creation of a task force stockpiling equipment and training police in preparation for Line 3 pipeline protests across the state. The documents show coordination between various law enforcement agencies from states across the region including Minnesota,…...
  • Federal Prosecutions From #NoDAPL Movement Continue

    December 20, 2018
    Bismarck, ND – Almost two years after the eviction of indigenous encampments resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), federal prosecutions have continued to crack down on some of those involved. All of the federal #NoDAPL cases stem around events on October 27, 2016, when a…...
  • #NoDAPL Water Protector Michael ‘Rattler’ Markus Sentenced to Federal Prison

    October 2, 2018
    Bismarck, ND – A third federal defendant has been sentenced to prison as the US Attorney’s office continues to prosecute indigenous people involved in defending protest encampments opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in fall 2016. Last Thursday, September 28, Michael Markus, also known as…...
  • Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison

    July 11, 2018
    Bismarck, ND – Red Fawn Fallis, a political prisoner arrested during the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Daniel Hovland. Fallis was sentenced to 57 months (4.75 years) in federal prison. She will receive a credit…...
  • Judge Accepts Red Fawn Fallis Plea Agreement

    January 22, 2018
    Mandan, ND – On January 22nd, 2018, Red Fawn Fallis’s plea agreement was accepted by North Dakota Chief Judge Hovland. The agreement, made between her defense team and federal prosecutors, dropped the most serious charge of “discharge of a firearm in relation to a felony…...