|Shell River Seven stand their ground in a confrontation with law enforcement, the Shell River behind them, July 2021 (Photo credit: Citizen X)|
LINE 3 CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST FIVE OF THE “SHELL RIVER SEVEN” WATER PROTECTORS
Contact: Martin Keller, Media Savant Communications
WADENA COUNTY, MINNESOTA – November 1, 2022 – On Monday, October 31, 2022, District Judge Doug Clark dismissed all charges against five of the “Shell River Seven” water protectors. The five include Kelly Maracle, Trish Weber, Mary Klein, Barbara With, and Cheryl Barnds. Judge Clark dismissed the cases on grounds that the State had failed to demonstrate probable cause to sustain all charges. In doing so, Judge Clark did not reach the Shell River defendants’ treaty-based claims (SEE ATTACHMENT).
Several charges against the other two Shell River Seven water protectors—independent photojournalist K. Flo Razowsky and Winona LaDuke, Executive Director and co-founder of Honor the Earth—remain in place pending ongoing litigation.