Standing Rock Protest Rioting Charge Dropped Against Native Journalist Jenni Monet; Still Faces Trespassing Charge

by Levi Rickert / Native News Online

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – On Thursday, Morton County prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss a charge of engaging in a riot against American Indian journalist Jenni Monet, who was arrested whiled covering the Dakota Access pipeline resistance at Standing Rock. A trespassing charge remains against Monet, who faces a June 1 trial date.

Monet (Laguna Pueblo), an award-winning journalist,  was among the 76 arrested on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Monet, an independent journalist, was at the newly established Last Child’s Camp on assignment for Indian Country Today when she was arrested.

The Last Child’s Camp was erected on private land, up the hill and across the street from the Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments. Water protectors have been looking for new locations to establish camps because the Oceti Sakowin is in a flood plain and campers need to evacuate the camp prior to the spring thaw.

A freelance journalist, Monet embedded herself at Standing Rock for several months to provide coverage for several publications during the last months of the Standing Rock resistance.

“THE FIRST AMENDMENT SECURES OUR RIGHT TO GO TO THESE FRONT LINES AND REPORT ON THESE STORIES THAT ARE SO CHRONICALLY UNDERREPORTED,” MONET SAID. “JOURNALISM IS NOT A CRIME.”

Monet’s are seeking the dismissal of the trespassing charge.

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