Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison

Bismarck, ND – Red Fawn Fallis, a political prisoner arrested during the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Daniel Hovland. Fallis was sentenced to 57 months (4.75 years) in federal prison. She will receive a credit of 18 months ‘time served’ taken off of her sentence, from time spent in North Dakota jails before trial proceedings began. Fallis is expected to serve a total of 39 months in prison followed by 3 years probation.

In January 2018, Fallis entered a non-cooperating plea agreement in which prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of less than seven years. In exchange, she pleaded guilty to charges of ‘Civil Disorder’ and ‘Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.’

Red Fawn and her supporters had previously maintained her innocence, and had stated that Fallis accepted the plea deal under the assumption that she would not receive a fair trial due to prosecutors withholding evidence.

Judge Hovland had forbidden Fallis’ defense team from mentioning treaty rights or other issues related to her arrest at anti-pipeline protests near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation border.

The case against Red Fawn had centered around allegations she fired a gun during her arrest on October 27, 2016, when a massive police and military raid seized indigenous treaty lands on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The gun allegedly fired by Fallis was later revealed to have belonged to Heath Harmon, an undercover FBI informant who was romantically involved with Red Fawn at the time of her arrest.

Before she was sentenced by Judge Hovland, Red Fawn Fallis told the court,

“No matter where I go from here I am going to continue going forward…I wanted to move forward in a positive way away from Heath Harmon and the things he tried to put on me while I was trying to push him away.” – Red Fawn Fallis

In May, Michael “Little Feather” Giron was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for actions taken to defend pipeline resistance camps from police assault. Several other water protectors still face federal charges, with potential sentences of decades in prison, stemming from their participation in the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.



Posted on July 12, 2018, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. How can we send her letters of support or money for her stay in federal prison? What a shame – entrapment by FBI, unjust judicial system, and more.
    Then send her to horrible institution. This
    Reveals how terrible 1st Nations /Water protectors are mistreated.
    But shows how dedicated 1st Nations/ Water Protectors are to saving lives, Earth, and generations to come. Thank you [Wad]
    Wado for your reporting.
    Zan, Cherokee

  2. Keep staying positive Red Fawn. 💖 daily prayers are with you and our fight to save mother Earth and our father Sky! 💖 …..much repect and honour

  3. Decades in prison for interfering with a pipeline. Lifetime of leasure for corruption and treason in the White House. Ain’t that America?

  4. Abdul Fritz vonJuniper

    Should have been a straightforward thing.

    Energy Transfer Partners LP, Phillips 66, Enbridge and Marathon should have asked if it was ok to run a pipeline through those peoples’ land. When the people said they prefered not to have the pipeline on that land, it should have been the end. Who can argue against that? Should a company with money be able to do as they like in your house, only because they have money?

    Instead the investors got the FBI and various state agencies as hired muscle to enforce the interests of those companies.

  5. Horrendous that she was not allowed to raise treaty rights.

    I hope that victims of undercover infiltration are sharing notes internationally- here’s a useful group if you haven’t “met” already.

  6. Mrs. Brenda M. Rain-Bird

    From Paul Band Alberta Canada, I love you. Every thing that came to you was for what we all want for the people. Its so sad the judge is not even thinking of that. We need water to survive but money talks I was told. I pray with you. Water is life and the dummies should dummy up and help save it. May you be okay.

  7. She should have left the gun alone.

  8. Water protectors, how can we help? water is sacred, and so are our children in resistance. Sorry this beautiful girl will get no justice. We stand together, and will fight for her in this corrupt system

  9. I would like to support her while in prison. This is an injustice.

  10. How can you charge a girl with a gun if it was planted on her by an FBI agent. This is so fucking stupid omg…

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