Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 22, 2018

Standing Rock Water Protectors file Class Action Lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan

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By Brenda Norrell
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Standing Rock Water Protectors filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota Governors, TigerSwan, and others, demanding a jury trial.
The lawsuit, Thunderhawk vs. Morton County, was filed by Cissy Thunderhawk, Waste Win Young, and Rev. John Floberg, on behalf of water protectors.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who led the attack on water protectors, is among those named.
The suit focuses on the closure of Highway 1806, which served both the Standing Rock Nation and the water protectors camps during 2016 and 2017.
Residents of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations, and water protectors, who were impacted by the highway closure are asked to join the lawsuit, said Waste Win Young.
The lawsuit describes the attempt to silence lawful free speech rights, and the unlawful closure of the road that was necessary for travel, including medical needs and business access. 
The closure of the highway was due to "evil motive or intent," the lawsuit states.
Further TigerSwan, and "John Does" it employed are named in the lawsuit. The technologies used by TigerSwan, both F3AR and NIFE, are stated in the suit. 
(Note: TigerSwan, hired as assassins in war regions, worked in North Dakota without a license, in collusion with law enforcement. Regarding the technology identified in the Water Protectors lawsuit, TigerSwan states on its website: "Founded in 2008 by retired members of the United States Delta Force, TigerSwan is a full-spectrum security solution for organizations and businesses ... They achieve these results through their suite of world class methods such as F3AR®, NIFE®, and Guardian Angel.")
The Water Protectors lawsuit states:

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys at Columbia Law School in New York on Thursday, in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The lawsuit describes how the closure of the highway impacted local residents, businesses, journalists and all those in need of traveling on Highway 1806.
Plaintiff Waste Win Young of Standing Rock states how the road closure prevented her from necessary travel for medicine and treatments.
Further, business owner Cissy Thunderhawk stated how the highway closure impacted her business, My Auntie's Place in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

The lawsuit seeks damages, including increased costs, and relief for Water Protectors and those who suffered due to the closure of Highway 1806.

Summons were issued to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier,  TigerSwan, North Dakota officials, etc, on Friday.
Track progress of this lawsuit:,_County_of,_North_Dakota_et_al 

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It is still unknown what type of spy equipment that TigerSwan used at Standing Rock. It operated without a license and obviously used spy technology illegally without warrants. It is unknown the role that TigerSwan secret surveillance played in the arrests of Water Protectors at Standing Rock, which are now resulting in imprisonments. -- Censored News

Meanwhile, the North Dakota Regulatory Board continues to pursue a court appeal, fines and exclusion against TigerSwan.

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Razors edge said...

As an arrested Water Protector I have serious interest in this. I hope that it is allowed to go forward. We need to send a message of great strength and power to those that abused theirs.

bdiddle said...

This lawsuit's general progression can be seen here:,_County_of,_North_Dakota_et_al

Unknown said...

I am emboldened by this... glad that this injustice is going to not be hidden. I was so shaken during that time period that it was the main reason I decided to move from America ...even though I have 3 children andv17 grandchildren here. AMERICA became a dangerous wickied place to me .


I am a water protector, i was here during this horrifying moment,when we were just proctoring or water our rights and the civil right commandment of our lands. I hope this goes forward.