Morton County

Two Sent to Jail Over DAPL Protests

The Water Protector Legal Collective calls the judge biased because similar cases tried by other judges have resulted in suspended jail sentences

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — A man and a woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Alexander Simon, 27, a teacher in New Mexico who is originally from Fort Yates, was convicted of disorderly conduct and given 18 days in jail. Mary Redway, 64, of Providence, Rhode Island…

DAPL Protest Piece on its Way to the Smithsonian

It was created by activists to show how far they had traveled

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — A piece from the Dakota Access protests is headed for the Smithsonian. Their National Museum of the American Indian is adding this nearly 12-foot-tall mile-marker post. It was created by activists to show how far they had traveled. Since treaties were at the heart of the protest over the 3.8 billion dollar oil pipeline, it’ll…

Two DAPL Protesters Could See Charges Dismissed

a judge in the case says the charges will be dismissed if the men finish their probation on lesser charges

Michael Fasig (L) and Israel Hernandez (R) could see their charges dismissed.  MORTON COUNTY, ND — Two men accused of felony reckless endangerment and criminal mischief during the Dakota Access pipeline protests could see their charges dismissed. Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez are accused of ramming a private security officer’s truck, but a judge in the case says the charges…

Charges Dismissed Against DAPL Photojournalist

She says she identified herself to law enforcement as a journalist working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — Charges against a photo journalist who was arrested during the Dakota Access pipeline protests in Morton County last year have been dismissed. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was arrested on Oct. 22 with 140 other people near the pipeline easement and was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. She says she identified herself to law enforcement as a…

More than 400 DAPL Cases Have Been Closed

Judges from the South Central District wanted the change since no new cases have been filed

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by some judges who argued out-of-state lawyers were no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters. Judges from the South Central District wanted the change since no new cases have been filed. In January, the court allowed out-of-state attorneys to assist pipeline protest-related cases if…

Archambault Says He’ll be an Advocate, Despite Being Voted Out of Office

Faith says he's not sure how big of an issue that was in the campaign

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The Standing Rock Sioux chairman has been voted out of office. Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote in Wednesday’s tribal election and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat saying he’ll “continue to advocate for the issues facing our community.” His call earlier this year for large-scale Dakota Access pipeline protest camps…

Morton County Farmer Accused of Sexual Assault of Teens

Charges state the sexual contact started with back rubs

FLASHER, ND — A farmer is charged with sexually assaulting two teen boys in Morton County. James Hopfauf, 50, of rural Flasher, was arrested Monday and charged with felony sexual assault. Charges state the sexual contact started with back rubs. Both teens said they were about 15 when the assaults began. Hopfauf said the teens, now 18 and 19, were…

Trial of DAPL Protester Moved to Fargo

Red Fawn Fallis, 37, is pleading not guilty to multiple charges, including discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon

  FARGO, ND — A Denver woman who is accused of shooting at law enforcement during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is getting her trial moved to Fargo. Red Fawn Fallis, 37, is pleading not guilty to multiple charges, including discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Her attorneys requested the trial move from Bismarck…

Energy Transfer Partners Responds to NDPSC on Discovery of Artifacts

It's in response to state regulators who say Energy Transfer Partners did not properly report the discovery.

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The company which built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline responded to an offer made about their discovery of American Indian artifacts. It’s in response to state regulators who say Energy Transfer Partners did not properly report the discovery. The North Dakota Public Service Commission made an offer with the company on August 14th saying they…

South Dakota Man Dies After Crashing Car into a Bull in Morton County

The McIntosh man was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — A 24-year-old South Dakota man died after his car hit a bull. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Blake Huber was northbound on Highway 31 in Morton County. His car first hit a bull standing on the road and then crashed into a bridge railing over the Cannonball River. The McIntosh…