Red Fawn Fallis is set to be tried in two weeks as the first federal defendant in connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
She is accused of firing a handgun at officers as they arrested her for disorderly behavior, but her case isn’t the only one in federal court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme confirmed six other defendants are indicted in connection to the monthslong pipeline protests.
Like Fallis, they were indicted for alleged crimes on Oct. 27, 2016, when law enforcement moving south swept a protest camp erected on a pipeline easement.
Michael “Little Feather” Giron, 45, was indicted for civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal felony offense. He is held at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby, set for trial to begin April 10 in Bismarck before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland.
Five other federal defendants were indicted together a year ago for civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal felony offense, stemming from a barricade fire set on the Morton County Road 134 bridge as law enforcement advanced. They are Michael Markus, Brandon Miller-Castillo, Brennon Nastacio, Dion Ortiz and James White.
The Water Protector Legal Collective is supporting legal defense for Fallis, Giron, Markus, Nastacio, Ortiz and White, according to spokeswoman Sarah Hogarth.
Markus is set for trial to begin March 6 in Bismarck before Hovland. Per Hovland’s order, Markus’ trial was severed from the others' for prosecutors to call him as a witness regarding Nastacio's involvement in the fire.
A joint trial has apparently not yet been set for Miller-Castillo, Nastacio, Ortiz and White.
Miller-Castillo has not yet been arraigned or made an initial appearance, according to his court docket. He also has no legal representation.
Markus, Nastacio and White have been granted pretrial release.
Court records indicate Ortiz had pretrial release to a residence in New Mexico but was arrested in September on a violation notice. As recent as December, he was held at the Sandoval County Detention Center in Bernalillo, New Mexico, awaiting release to a halfway house, pending available space, according to the WPLC.
Fallis resides at a Fargo halfway house. Her trial is set to begin Jan. 29 in Fargo before Hovland. She was indicted a year ago for civil disorder, discharge of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.