Thunderhawk v. County of Morton
Last Updated: February 22, 2019
Cissy Thunderhawk, Wašté Win Young, and the Reverend John Floberg filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota challenging a number of civil rights violations that arose during the Standing Rock movement to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They are represented by Columbia Law School Lecturer in Law Noah Smith-Drelich and Professor Bernard E. Harcourt, founding director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.
Developments and news coverage will be updated below:
"Standing Rock defendants move to dismiss on basis of factual disputes", Indian Country Today, February 17, 2019
"Standing Rock Defendants Move to Dismiss on Basis of Factual Disputes", Press Release, February 15, 2019
Gosztola, Kevin "Lawsuit Over Highway Shutdown During #NoDAPL Protests Alleges Attempt to Extort Standing Rock Sioux", Shadowproof, February 4, 2019
Nicholson, Blake "North Dakota officials ask judge to dismiss lawsuit over highway closure during pipeline protests", CBC, January 14, 2019
Kelly, Sharon "Energy Transfer, Banks Lost Billions by Ignoring Early Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns", DeSmog, December 3, 2018
Brady, Jeff "2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms", NPR, November 29, 2018
Nauman, Talli "Water Protectors File Class Action Suit Over DAPL", Intercontinental Cry, November 1, 2018
Gosztola, Kevin "Morton County Sheriff, Tigerswan Face Lawsuit for Blocking Water Protectors' Travel and Assembly During DAPL Construction", Shadowproof, October 30, 2018
Gosztola, Kevin "Counterinsurgency on Steroids: Interview with Bernard Harcourt on Trump, Cesar Sayoc, and the Counterrevolution", Shadowproof, October 29, 2018
Horn, Steve "TigerSwan, County Sheriff Sued Over Road Blockade During Dakota Access Pipeline Protests", DeSmog, October 26, 2018
"Columbia Law School Lecturer Noah Smith-Drelich and Professor Bernard E. Harcourt Challenge Standing Rock Civil Rights Violations", Press Release, October 26, 2018
Nicholson, Blake "Lawsuit filed over highway shutdown during pipeline protest", The Washington Post, October 23, 2018.
Norell, Brenda "Standing Rock Water Protectors File Class Action Lawsuit Against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan", Censored News, October 22, 2018
Thunderhawk et al. Files Civil Rights Class Action First Amended Complaint for Damages at the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, February 1, 2019
Thunderhawk et al. Files Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss TigerSwan's Counterclaim at the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, February 1, 2019
Thunderhawk et al. Files Civil Rights Class Action Complaint for Damages, Declaratory, and Injunctive Relief at the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, October 18, 2018
Research, Seminars, and Panels:
Seminar on Standing Rock: "Standing Ground," Uprising 12/13, April 12, 2018, with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (author and artist), Julian Brave NoiseCat (author), and Nicole Willis (political consultant), moderated by Jaskiran Dhillon and Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.