Resource: Dundon v. Kirchmeier Civil Rights Case Community Update


January 24, 2022

Dundon v. Kirchmeier is a federal civil rights class-action lawsuit filed by several named plaintiffs on behalf of hundreds of #NoDAPL Water Protectors who were injured by law enforcement on the night of November 20, 2016 protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). At least 200 Water Protectors were injured and dozens hospitalized from this incident at Backwater Bridge in Standing Rock, ND. During the night of November 20, 2016, high-pressure fire hoses were used in freezing weather conditions against Water Protectors, along with highly dangerous impact munitions, explosive devices and chemical weapons. The Dakota Access Pipeline was originally set for construction in the Mandan-Bismarck area but instead was moved within feet of the Standing Rock reservation, which would pollute the Mni Sose (Missouri River) - the main water source for Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Lower Brule Sioux Nations.