2017-03-30 Update: Water Protector Legal Collective

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WPLC Calls on ING Bank to Divest from DAPL
The Water Protector Legal Collective delivered this letter to Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation ING Group, calling for immediate divestment from the Dakota Access Pipeline. March 10, 2017 ING Bank N.V. (ING Bank) Head Office Amsterdamse Poort Bijlmerplein 888 1102 MG Amsterdam The Netherlands Re: Divestment from the Dakota Access Pipeline Dear Board Read More

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How We Refer Pro Hac Attorneys to Water Protectors
We are now seeing very serious federal charges being filed against Water Protectors in addition to ongoing mass arrests and pending misdemeanor and felony charges in state and tribal courts. Of the 800+ people facing criminal charges, at least 300 do not have counsel. Of the 500 who do have attorneys, some are dissatisfied and Read More

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WPLC is Seeking Qualified Attorneys to Represent Water Protectors
Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is seeking qualified attorneys with criminal defense experience to represent Water Protectors with criminal charges pro hac vice in North Dakota. To offer criminal defense services pro bono, as required by the revised rules, please submit a Criminal Defense Volunteer Questionnaire. Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) provides on-the-ground legal representation Read More

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Federal Subpoena Dropped Against Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez
Political Targeting of Water Protectors Continues FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2017 Water Protector Legal Collective Contact: Moira Meltzer-Cohen, Attorney for Steve Martinez: cell 347-248-6771 meltzercohen@gmail.com Jeff Haas, WPLC board member: cell 505-469-0714 jeffreyhaas42@gmail.com BISMARCK, ND: A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation. Mr. Read More

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Army Corps Will Grant Easement for DAPL Waives Notification Period
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2017 Contact: Brandy Toelupe, President, Water Protector Legal Collective: cell (720) 876-8300, btoelupe@tildentoelupe.com Rachel Lederman, lead attorney in Dundon v. Kirchmeier: cell (415) 350-6496, rachel@bllaw.info Sarah Hogarth, WPLC Communications Coordinator: (212) 260-4263, WPLCmedia@protonmail.com BISMARCK, ND: Water Protector Legal Collective is outraged by the U.S. Department of the Army's notification to Read More

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WPLC is Hiring!
Three immediate openings in our North Dakota office Water Protector Legal Collective is hiring for three full time staff positions based in our North Dakota office. These positions are available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply. Read the job descriptions and find out how to Read More

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Anti-DAPL Activists Call for Return to Battle at Standing Rock
by Michael Bennett Cohn for Newsweek On January 24, President Donald Trump signed an order that makes it easier for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to complete its controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. Trump also issued a memorandum clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline, which has also been controversial. Keystone XL Read More

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Human Rights Hearing at Standing Rock
Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights, Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises, Pavel Sulyandziga, and Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, were at Standing Rock today. Together with representatives of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the ACLU Human Rights Program they conducted a hearing and took testimonies on human rights violations resulting from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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New Papers Filed in Dundon v. Kirchmeier Document Excessive Force at Backwater Bridge
WPLC cooperating attorneys filed new papers in our excessive force lawsuit today. Dundon v. Kirchmeier was filed on November 28 in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against peaceful Water Protectors on the night of November 20, 2016. The lawsuit seeks Read More

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WPLC Wins Change in Rules For Out of State Attorneys to Defend Water Protectors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Contact: Bill Tilton, Lead Attorney: (612) 867-7473, Bill@tiltonanddunn.com Sandra Freeman, WPLC Criminal Defense Case Coordinator: (701) 805-1576, WPCriminalDefense@protonmail.com Sarah Hogarth, WPLC Communications Coordinator: (212) 260-4263, WPLCmedia@protonmail.com WPLC Wins Change in Rules For Out of State Attorneys to Defend Water Protectors Court Creates New Regulations for NoDAPL Criminal Cases BISMARCK, Read More

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