Rothstein Donatelli LLP partners April Olson and Peter Schoenburg share their knowledge at the annual ILPC/TICA Indigenous Law Conference.
Lessons from Standing Rock:
In 2016, the fight for clean water and the indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) caught the attention of the world. At the heart of the movement, was opposition to the DAPL, a pipeline projected to run close to the Standing Rock Reservation that threatened clean water and numerous tribal homelands and sacred sites. Tribal leaders set up camps for spiritual and cultural resistance to the pipeline and launched a staunch opposition to the DAPL. Their strength drew anti-DAPL protestors and water protectors from around the world to support the fight.
At the annual TICA/ILPC Conference, Rothstein Donatelli Partners April Olson and Peter Schoenburg share their experience defending two water protectors charged with criminal offenses as a result of their no-DAPL demonstrations, while co-panelist Nikki Ducheneaux, lead litigation counsel for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, discussed the civil litigation surrounding the no-DAPL movement.