University of Pittsburgh Law School: Melinda Power presents on Standing Rock 3/20/18


Defending the

Standing Rock Water Protectors


In early 2016, Water Protectors created the No DAPL (#NODAPL) movement to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, including near the Standing Rock 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 and proclaimed that 'water is life' (Mni Wiconi!). The months of protests resulted in approximately 800 arrests and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officials. The pipeline has been built, and has already leaked. The camps were torn down. The legal struggle continues.


Join the National Lawyers Guild Pittsburgh City Chapter, the Pitt Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and the Pittsburgh Sierra Club in welcoming attorney Melinda Power. Power currently represents Water Protectors in both civil and criminal cases stemming from the Standing Rock protests, and will share and describe her legal work both at the camp and in the courts. Power is both a member of the Water Protectors Legal Collective, and the National Lawyers Guild.


Snacks will be provided.



Tuesday, March 20th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM



University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building