Water Protector Legal Collective
$686,660 raised
55% of $1.3M goal
9275 contributors
46 Weeks running
Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) is the on-the-ground legal team for the ceremonial resistance camps at #StandingRock, and provides legal representation and coordination for Water Protectors engaged in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. More
Update of 12/24/16

Letter from Law Professors Petitioning to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Attorneys Outside North Dakota: http://bit.ly/2hZKLYV

Update of 12/19/16
Water Protectors Headed to Court Continue to Assert Indigenous Sovereignty. Ten Defendants face first trial in spite of gross Constitutional violations: http://bit.ly/2gR3LV2
Update of 12/04/16
WPLC Calls on Morton County to Remove Illegal Blockade of Hwy 1806 to Water Protector Camps: http:// bit.ly/2hn2lFC
Update of 12/04/16
Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe and Missouri River until an Environmental Impact Statement is Completed, Alternative Routes Explored: http://bit.ly/2gWGfaM
Update of 11/28/16
Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protestershttp://bit.ly/2fGxO5Z
Update of 11/27/16
The Water Protector Legal Collective is seeking five Coordinators for hire in communications, civil litigation, court/jail support, and managing volunteers. More information: http://bit.ly/2gNKfwQ
Update of 11/26/16
The Water Protector Legal Collective condemns the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ November 25, 2016, letter announcing that it would be closing the portion of Army Corps land currently occupied by the Oceti Sakowin Camp.  Full statement available on Facebook:  Response to Army Corps of Engineers Letter of 11/25/16
Update of 11/23/16
Donation Options!
Tax Deductions: Donations of any size are needed and appreciated, but charitable deductions are only available for donations of $100 or more, at https://www.nlg.org/donate/waterprotectorlegal/.
Donations < $100 (No amount is too small, and we are so grateful!): To make a donation of less than $100 or if a tax deduction is not required, please donate online right here!
PayPal: Or you can use PayPal, at PayPal.Me/RedOwlLegal.
Checks: Or you can mail a check payable to "Water Protector Legal Collective" to PO Box 69, 300 Collins Ave., Mandan, ND 58554-9998.
Update of 11/10/2016
We are very excited to announce that we are changing our name to Water Protector Legal Collective, effective immediately. We decided to change our name in respect of the culture and traditions of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples. Additionally, we feel our new name more accurately reflects the work that we do.
Update of 11/1/2016
Our statement regarding the rumor of a 2.5 million-dollar anonymous donation to release #NoDAPL arrestees:   The Red Owl Legal Collective, who appeared at the bond hearings for those arrested, absolutely denies that any such contribution was received or used for bail money, vehicle forfeiture money, or in any manner for the defense of those arrested. We question the validity of the statement from "The White Wolf Pack" or any other media source, and we are concerned that this false assertion will deter people from contributing to the organizations who have been involved in posting bail for and defending the water protectors.

Our Story

          We need funds urgently following mass arrests of our water protectors in late October.  Funds will be used to coordinate our criminal and civil litigation efforts.

          More information is available on our Facebook page, and we will also update our story here as time permits.

Native attorney Angela Bibens outside the Water Protector Legal tent at Oceti Sakowin camp.


          The Water Protector Legal Collective (formerly Red Owl Legal Collective) is a nonprofit organization formed to support the legal defense of water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  Funds are needed for the many costs of civil and criminal litigation, from transporting arrestees to attorney travel expenses for jail and bail visits, to court filing fees, to expert witnesses, and more.

Water protectors are interviewed by Democracy Now! on October 17th.


          We are on-site at the resistance camps at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation near Cannon Ball, ND, at the heart of the struggle.

National Lawyers Guild attorneys and legal workers join the Water Protector Legal team at camp.


          For detailed information about the history of the resistance, visit the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests wiki page.

          For suggestions about this page, please email us.

          Thank you for considering our request!

                    -the Water Protector Legal Team

View of sunset at Oceti Sakowin camp from the Water Protector Legal tent.

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