Red Fawn Sentenced / Waits to Learn Where She'll Be Held

After a long and heartbreaking period of incarceration, shut away from all who love her, our dear relative Red Fawn Fallis--the peaceful warrior who was targeted by the U.S. government and corporate oil profiteers for standing bravely for the rights of all people, all life, and all creation--was sentenced to 57 months in prison at her hearing in Bismarck, North Dakota, on July 11th.

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Injustice against Standing Rock protesters is egregious—and ongoing

Rebecca Pilar Buckwalter Poza  

Daily Kos Staff

Standing Rock protesters faced below-freezing conditions, water cannons, sponge rounds, bean bag rounds, stinger rounds, teargas grenades, pepper spray, Mace, Tasers, and even a sound weapon. Officers carried weapons openly and threatened protesters constantly, by many accounts. Hundreds of protesters were injured, and more than two dozen were hospitalized.

As of November 2016, 76 local, county, and state agencies had deployed officers to Standing Rock. Between August 2016 and February 2017, authorities made 761 arrests. One protester was arrested and slammed to the ground during a prayer ceremony; another described being put in “actual dog kennels” with “photos of the types of dogs on the walls and piss stains on the floor” in lieu of jail. She wasn’t told she was under arrest; she wasn’t read her rights. Once detained, protesters were strip searched and denied medical care. Belongings and money were confiscated, the latter never returned. 

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North Dakota: Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months


In Bismarck, North Dakota, an indigenous water protector who was arrested during protests in 2016 against the Dakota Access pipeline has been sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison. Prosecutors said Red Fawn Fallis fired three shots from a handgun as police in riot gear, wielding batons, surrounded her to make an arrest on October 27 amid mass protests against the pipeline. Fallis was one of 761 people arrested during indigenous-led resistance to the pipeline in 2016 and ’17.

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UPDATE July 11, 2018

Press Release: Red Fawn Sentenced to 57 Months
Posted on July 11, 2018

Second Standing Rock Federal Case Concludes
Bismarck, ND: Red Fawn Fallis was sentenced today to a 57 month federal prison term pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement, becoming the second Water Protector arrested in relation to the DAPL pipeline resistance at Standing Rock to be sentenced to a substantial prison term and the second of the five federal cases that the Water Protector Legal Collective is handling to conclude.

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UPDATE July 8th, 2018

After over 20 months of incarceration for defending the sacred water and all life at Standing Rock, our strong and brave relative Red Fawn’s federal sentencing hearing is now less than three days away--Wednesday, July 11th, from 1:30-5pm at the US District Court, 220 E Rosser Avenue in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

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UPDATE JUNE 26, 2018

We are writing to let you know that Red Fawn's sentencing hearing did not happen today in Bismarck. Because the presiding Judge Holland took ill and was hospitalized, her hearing has been postponed--perhaps until July 10th or 11th. 

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Little Feather Sentenced to 36 months in federal prison

Please let our people/community know that I love them. I am honored to be where I am at for them. I want our people to know to never give up. The movement continues, don't lose hope and keep praying. Our struggle continues. Remember what we stood for. Continue to fight for our existence!


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Bulletproof Warrior Training Manual Released

Bloomington, MN – Highly controversial ‘Bulletproof Warrior’ training manuals from the same session that Jeronimo Yanez, Philando Castile’s killer, attended in 2014 were released to the public by community organizers during a press conference at the Mall of America (MoA). MoA security hosted the Bulletproof training on May 16-17, 2018, in which an estimated twenty law enforcement officers were pulled from attending the contentious training course by their superiors over the negative public relations it would bring their departments.

Bulletproof Warrior training, conducted by Calibre Press, became publicly scrutinized a couple years ago when local media revealed that former St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez attended the training two years before killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop.

Unicorn Riot is the first to publish The Bulletproof Warrior and Anatomy of Force Incidents training manuals that Jeronimo Yanez read during the 2014 seminar. A few copies of the manuals were passed out to the crowd and media during the press conference, which featured a myriad of speakers, a large banner reading “Stop Bulletproof Warrior Training” and two large Black Lives Matter flags flying behind the speakers.

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Climate Activist Michael Foster Sentenced To Three Years In Prison (Two Deferred) For Shutting Off Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline In North Dakota

Cavalier, North Dakota - Climate activist Michael Foster is going to jail for shutting off the emergency valve on TransCanada’s Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline in North Dakota. This morning in Pembina County Court, Judge Laurie A. Fontaine sentenced Foster to three years in prison, including two years deferred.  He has been taken into custody and begins serving his sentence today.    

For his act of shutting off the Keystone pipeline, Foster was convicted on October 6th, 2017 of misdemeanor trespass and felony criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.  Those convictions carried a potential maximum penalty of 21 years in prison.

 

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A NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVIST FOLLOWED HER MOTHER’S FOOTSTEPS TO STANDING ROCK. NOW SHE FACES YEARS IN PRISON.

AFTER SPENDING A YEAR in jail awaiting trial, Oglala Lakota Sioux activist Red Fawn Fallis pleaded guilty last week to two federal felonies related to her arrest while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the most serious charge against her, which would have carried a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence with the possibility of life imprisonment.

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Environmentalists Buoyed by Bench Ruling on Crude Oil Pipeline

BATON ROUGE (CN) — Ruling from the bench late Thursday, a federal judge said that a crude oil pipeline under construction through Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swamp, already has caused irreparable harm, galvanizing environmentalists who sued the Army Corps of Engineers for permitting it.

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The Human Right to Water in the United States:

While the United States possesses an abundance of fresh water resources and a significant percentage of the population takes for granted access to water of reasonable quality at an affordable price, water-related problems affect increasing numbers of people in the U.S. each year. The long-term drought in California, mass water shutoffs in Detroit, Michigan, the highly-publicized contamination of the public water supply in Flint, Michigan and the standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline have brought increased public attention to these issues. To date, this attention has not necessarily translated into more effective responses by public officials. Over the past decade, the international community has affirmed the existence of the human right to clean, affordable water as a fundamental right to a basic necessity of life. Building on this work, we believe that promotion of the human right to water can contribute to addressing the worsening water problems in the U.S. This primer suggests some of the forms such promotion might take, even in the context of the U.S. government’s refusal to recognize this right. We begin by clarifying the sources of the human right to water and touching on some of the obstacles to realizing the right in the U.S. The primer then examines several high-profile water disputes, some of which have involved the use of the human rights framework as part of an overall strategy to resolve the issue. We conclude with a reflection on possible future uses of the human right to water in legal and policy advocacy within the U.S. The Human Right to Water in the United States: A Primer for Lawyers and Community Leaders is a project of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, a human rights center located at Northeastern University School of Law. Support from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) made this work possible.

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