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Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit Moves Forward: Thunderhawk vs Morton County


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Federal Court Allows Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging Violations at Standing Rock

Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota

Media Contact: Fonda Shen 
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New York, September 3, 2020 — In a significant victory for critics of governmental overreach, Judge Daniel M. Traynor (U.S. District Court for North Dakota) denied motions to dismiss filed by state and county law enforcement defendants and the private security firm, TigerSwan LLC. 

As a result, the Thunderhawk v. County of Morton civil rights lawsuit, brought by plaintiffs Cissy Thunderhawk, Wašté Win Young, the Reverend John Floberg, and José Zhagñay against North Dakota government officials and TigerSwan, will move forward on the claim that the plaintiffs and the class were denied their constitutional rights to Free Speech.