Defending the Standing-Rock Water Protectors

Date: 
March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Sponsor: 
Amer. Constitution Soc. (Pitt Law Student Chapter), National Lawyers Guild (Pgh Chapter), and Sierra Club
University of Pgh Law School
3900 Forbes Ave. Barco Law Bldg., Room 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
United States
Attorney Melinda Power is coming to the Pitt Law School. She currently represents Water Protectors in both civil and criminal case stemming from the Standing Rock protests. She will be describing her legal work at the camp and in the courts.
Mni Wiconi! -- Water is Life!

In early 2016, Water Protectors created the NODAPL movement to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, including near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The pipeline threatened the region's clean water and ancient burial grounds. Protesting Water Protectors erected camps near the pipeline site for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance. Eventually, thousands of Water Protectors, including those from more than 300 tribes, resided in the camps. The months of protests resulted in approximately 800 arrests and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officials. The pipe has been built (and has already leaked). The camps were torn down. The legal struggle continues.

Attorney Power's presentation is free and open to the public. (Snacks will be provided.)