Chase Iron Eyes in Court

BISMARCK, N.D. Chase Iron Eyes pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a February incident where law enforcement removed him from a protest camp. The judge decided on a jury trial that will happen at a later date. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted on the felony charge.

According to reports, Morton County Deputy Dion Bitz assumed that Iron Eyes was a leader in part due to a post on his Facebook page from around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 saying that “we are asking all frontliners in camp to come to the high ground west of the Oceti camps to put out a call for others to join this stand.”

According to Deputy Dion Bitz – In previous days, Iron Eyes had also put up Facebook posts such as, “Shut the whole place down. Let’s obliterate this tyranny. Show them where we draw the line,” which were presented to the judge as evidence.

According to Deputy Dion Bitz “Two others”  apparently “identified Iron Eyes” as a leader on videos posted to social media.

Bitz said Iron Eyes was also involved with negotiations with law enforcement about taking down the camp and relayed information that people would not leave.

“Going to that camp to take a stand is not asking people to riot,” said Iron Eyes’ attorney Michael Hoffman.

“Maybe he’s guilty of criminal trespass and maybe he’s guilty of actually being part of the group that’s taking a stand, but there’s no evidence that this man did anything (to incite) a riot.”

Updates will be added when available –

Credits: Lakota People’s Law Project had this link from a Facebook Post alerting us of the hearing. Very quiet considering the depth of the issues. – We expected some “Public Statement” from him.

We salute the MANY peaceful water protectors who face charges.

18 thoughts on “Chase Iron Eyes in Court”

  1. Free Chase Iron Eyes! He has not committed any crime in defending our treaty rights as a people, our land, our water from this nasty pipeline. None of the water protectors are guilty of committing a crime. They too were defending our treaty rights as a tribal people, defending our sacred land & water! Release them..

  2. Chase Iron Eyes is a hero to Native peoples. He is a dependable and credible spokesperson for the Standing Rock movement, and aiways maintained a consistence message of prayerfulness and non-violence. Never did he mention or promote a riot of any sort.

    1. Greer M, I believe Chase I E is a hero to all indigenous peoples of the world. I pray for he and his family, this must be terrible times for them all. Watching in disgust from New Zealand. Honour the Treaties – Water is Life.

  3. First of all there was never a riot of any kind. There was never a call to riot. There was a call to come stand with the Water Protector’s in prayerful, peaceful protest on treaty land. I believe the U.S. constitution guarantees American citizens the right to protest and speak out about things we’re in disagreement with. However unnecessary violent law enforcement became we did not respond with violence or property damage. Any property damage that occurred was a result of the DAPL security. I actually witnessed them setting a fire.

    1. This is totally wrong this man is not guilty of starting and riots. He was there in a peaceful protestors had the news been there to report this from the beginning this would have been known around the world long before they decided to cover it. Now the truth is out we should be on our knees thanking Chase as well as the native people and all the protesters for trying to protect the water and mother earth. The sheffier and Mayor should be on trail for the inhumane treatment to them and everyone one that stood with them including disabled vets. Government wants to put Chase in prison because they want to send a message by taking one of respected human being . May the higher spirit direct you soul in making the right decision. This is the first amendment freedom if speech and peaceful protests .

    2. i saw the fires on videos take the videos to court show that judge what they all of america saw what they did

  4. This is a bunch of crap! He should not be charged for anything! It should not be illegal to defend your homeland and resources that are essential to life. The pipeline should be the ones up for charges.

  5. Chase is an honorable man. There was no riot. This is silly and he will prove it in court save yourself money and go home.

  6. i saw the video he didnt do anything wrong the cops did watch the videos your see who did what and let the judge see them morton county used the force

  7. Chase Iron Eyes was defending his country and people from invading attackers bent on forcing their way through Standing Rock burial grounds and land in violation of the 1851 treaty. The attacking invaders are the ones that should be on trial. Your claims against Chase Iron Eyes and the rest of the water protectors are bogus.
    The continued forceful bully tactics with guns, rubber bullets, water cannons, clubbing, concussion grenades, masse, tear gas, dog attacks, stirp searched then throwen in dog kennels naked in cold weather to torture these water protectors. Hundreds of water protectors sent to jail on bogus charges. Is this a ongoing policy to put bogus charges to ruin possible futures of native Indians ?

  8. I believe I said the same thing and posted in on my page from Louisiana. The screwed up law in ND are simply trying to make him an example. Keep the good fight Chase, we are on YOUR side.

  9. Prayers up and blessings for you Chase Iron Eyes! You are standing on the right side of History! Stay strong and carry on! You have the thoughts and prayers of so many people to give you courage.

  10. Proud of you all who stood that day, I watched live in great sadness.
    I’m supporting from England, the movement continues to grow.
    Join the Climate March 29th April across the world.

  11. Chase IronEyes is innocent. He did not invite a riot! Many of us Native Americans, stood up on our own, protecting the Water, and our rights. I believe, Chase said, for people to stay in prayer, and stand in a peaceful prayer . How can you arrest and charge a person, for voicing their opinion? It’s our right, to voice our opinion and rights. Many people spoke to the Police, at many different times, and places, on the front lines. I believe that Morton County, is trying to make, Chase Ironeyes as an example, so the Government can control our freedom of speech, and use him as a scare tatic in future protection movements. I understand, he can be charged with trespassing, but not with Inciting a riot! Then again, how can a person be charged with trespassing, on land that rightfully belongs to the Native Americans? This is a Atrocious and uncalled for. If he is charged with trespassing, then so should the many Police, and other Agencies, that desecrated the Ancestorial grounds, they trampled on! What Morton County has impacted upon our people, is Genocide, and stole our land, from us. Chase IronEyes has eloquently spoke of the love he has for his land and people. How can one person have control over another’s decisions to “Stand” for what they believe in? He’s innocent.

    1. CHARMAINE MARTIN, I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD, THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN!!! ALL OF THIS, IS SO BEYOND WRONG, THAT THEIR ISN’T A WORD THAT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBES IT!!! ALL OF THE BOGUS CHARGES, SHOULD BE DROPPED COMPLETELY, FOR “CHASE” & THE 800, OTHER WATER PROTECTOR’S!!! 04/05/17 TLH

  12. CHASE IRON EYES, IS A VERY INTELLIGENT, CARING, HONORABLE, & LOVING MAN! HE HAD BEEN TRYING TO FIGHT DAPL, TO PROTECT THE SACRED WATER & SACRED LAND’S, NOT ONLY FOR THE LAKOTA PEOPLE, BUT FOR ALL PEOPLE! ALL OF THE BOGUS CHARGE’S, AGAINST CHASE, & 800 OTHER WATER PROTECTOR’S SHOULD BE DROPPED COMPLETELY! THEY ALL HAVE BEEN PEACEFUL & PRAYERFUL, & STANDING IN DIGNITY, WHILE THE VIOLENCE ESCALATED AROUND THEM, FROM THE DAPL MERCENARIES, MORTON CTY.P.D., B.I.A., THE NATIONAL GUARD, & THE OUT OF STATE SUPER SOLDIER ROBOTS!!! > THE SO-CALLED LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE, SHOULD BE THE ONE’S, THAT ARE PUT IN THE PRISON’S! NOT THE PEACEFUL WATER PROTECTOR’S!!! 04/05/17 ♡ TLH

  13. God bless Chase Iron Eyes. His innocence with righteous purpose to protect the water for the sake of life upon this earth, should be admired by all. Reverence for life, Reverence for truth! Goodness shall prevail! Follow the light!

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