Water Protector Legal Collective

  • 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…...
  • #NoDAPL Water Protector ‘Rattler’ Takes Non-Cooperating Plea

    January 22, 2018
    Mandan, ND – On Sunday, January 21, the Water Protector Legal Collective announced that attorneys for water protector Michael Markus, known as Rattler, had reached a non-cooperating plea agreement with federal prosecutors. In the deal, Rattler agreed to plead guilty to one charge of Civil…...
  • Red Fawn Fallis Enters Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement

    January 16, 2018
    Mandan, ND – Attorneys for Red Fawn Fallis have announced that they have reached an agreement with government prosecutors in her case, which was set to go to trial later this month on January 28th. Under the agreement announced on Tuesday, Fallis would plead guilty…...
  • North Dakota Threatens to Cut Off Supplies to #NoDAPL Camp, Army Corps to Close Land

    December 1, 2016
    Morton County, ND – The Oceti Sakowin #NoDAPL encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, located on unceded land of the Sioux Nation under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, is a long-contested area and considered by the U.S. government to be property of the…...
  • Excessive Force Lawsuit Filed Against Morton County Sheriff for November 20 Bridge Assault

    November 29, 2016
    Update: December 2, 2016 – On Thursday, December 1, Judge Daniel Hovland denied the motion for an emergency restraining order on the procedural grounds that Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier had not yet been served notice of the lawsuit.  According to a motion filed by…...