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Iron Eyes trial moved to August

Iron Eyes trial moved to August

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Chase Iron Eyes

Chase Iron Eyes arrived for a hearing in the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan in March 2017. He entered a not guilty plea to inciting a riot, a disputed characterization of an anti-pipeline demonstration that took place in southern Morton County.

The felony jury trial for Chase Iron Eyes has been moved to Aug. 13-24 in Morton County.

Iron Eyes was charged a year ago with felony inciting riot and misdemeanor criminal trespass related to Dakota Access Pipeline protest activities on Feb. 1, 2017.

He was set to be tried earlier this month but his attorneys said last fall they plan to gather evidence to allow use of a "necessity defense," claiming Iron Eyes had no recourse but civil disobedience due to the perceived threat of the oil pipeline.

Another protest defendant, HolyElk Lafferty, is also seeking the allowance of a "necessity defense." Her trial remains set for May 31 for two misdemeanors.

Iron Eyes, an attorney and a Democratic candidate for North Dakota's HouseĀ  in 2016, has one of the hundreds of protest-related criminal cases that remains open on the state level. Trials are scheduled out to late September related to the protests that erupted from August 2016 through February 2017.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or


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