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Update: Chase Iron Eyes Hearing

For months, the State of North Dakota failed to pursue or provide required evidence to our defense team representing Lakota People’s Law Project Lead Counsel Chase Iron Eyes. At a crucial hearing on Tuesday, Apr. 4, Judge Lee Christofferson made several rulings in favor of the defense.

Judge Christofferson scolded the deputy state’s attorney for failing to act and gave Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and the State until May 1 to produce the missing evidence. He also confirmed our defense team's authority to subpoena employees of TigerSwan, the mercenary security firm hired by Dakota Access pipeline parent company Energy Transfer Partners. 

Our defense team alleges that TigerSwan ran a targeted, racist, no-holds-barred surveillance and smear campaign against Chase and other water protectors. We now have 120 days to continue a discovery process that could free Chase and shine a light on the illegal collusion of industry, law enforcement, and TigerSwan.