Morton County charges 8 additional Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, files warrants for 3 others

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MANDAN, N.D. - Authorities have charged eight individuals for their involvement in illegal protest activities on September 14. Protesters were arrested yesterday at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on private property near New Salem in Morton County.

Nicholas Tilsen, Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk and Daniel Tseleie were arrested for felony reckless endangerment for attaching themselves to construction equipment using a “steel or sleeping dragon” device. Law enforcement were forced to remove the device endangering responders due to the dangerous conditions.

Five others were arrested for their involvement in the unlawful protest activities.

Below are the names and criminal charges of those arrested September 14:

Nicholas Tilsen, 34, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Wanikiyewin Loud Hawk, 32, SD – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Daniel Tseleie, 34, Canada – Reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction of government function

Zenas Bizahaloni, 37, AZ – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct

Morgun Frejo, 23, VA – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function

Marcus Frejo, 38, OK – Conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment, criminal trespass – second offense, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function

Heather Horsefall Milton, 38, Canada – Conspiracy to commit obstruction of government function, criminal trespass

Kaden Walksnice, 23, MT – Criminal trespass, disorderly conduct

In addition, the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against four individuals for their role in a protest on September 3:

Elliot New Holy, Jr., Greg Grey Cloud, Mason Redwing and Marcus Frejo are charged with criminal trespass. According to the affidavit investigators connected all four men to being on private property halting Dakota Access Pipeline work. Frejo was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in the illegal protest activity on that day. Warrants have been issued for the other three individuals.

As of September 15, a total of 69 individuals have been arrested for illegal protest activities.