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        <p>Dear Claude,</p>
        <p>Last week, we introduced you to Ruby Montoya, a schoolteacher
          and NoDAPL resistor being prosecuted as a terrorist by the
          U.S. government. She’s accused of putting four tiny holes into
          DAPL pipes before it was carrying oil — and for this, she’s
          facing the prospect of up to 20 years in federal prison.
          That’s far from acceptable, and it’s why we’re aiding her
          defense. Last week, Daphne Silverman, Ruby’s new attorney,
          submitted a motion to change Ruby’s prior guilty plea to not
          guilty based on crucial new discoveries. Read on for the
          details.</p>
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            (right) and co-defendant Jessica Reznicek prior to their
            arrest. <a
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              moz-do-not-send="true">In our new video</a>, Ruby and I
            talk about water protectors being labeled and prosecuted as
            terrorists.</span></p>
        <p>After initial review of the case, our side has identified a
          number of major issues that should disqualify Ruby’s original
          plea. For one thing, the prosecutor and the pipeline company
          allege that millions of damage was done, but an expert hired
          by Daphne says it’s less than $50,000. In addition, some
          charges filed by the prosecutor require the pipeline to have
          been in use at the time it was allegedly damaged. It was not.</p>
        <p>Those distinctions make a world of difference. Without damage
          over $100,000 to an operational pipe, these charges don’t
          qualify for federal court — and outside of federal court,
          there can be no terrorism enhancement. As I mention <a
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            moz-do-not-send="true"><strong>in our new video,</strong></a>
          this is eerily reminiscent of how I was treated during my own
          resistance to DAPL in 2016 and 2017. The government and law
          enforcement are demonstrating a pattern of deception designed
          to criminalize constitutionally protected protest, elevate
          charges, and label citizens who dare to care about the future
          of Planet Earth as terrorists. It’s infuriating.</p>
        <p>If the court labels Ruby a terrorist, she’ll be punished like
          a career criminal — but Ruby has no criminal history at all.
          We expect a court decision on the plea change in the next
          couple months. Meanwhile, Daphne will be investigating,
          researching, and conducting additional review of the
          discovery. We hope that, with her expert legal assistance and
          support from folks like you, the justice system will
          ultimately treat Ruby with far more fairness than water
          protectors have come to expect. Stay tuned.</p>
        <p><em>Wopila tanka</em> — thank you for your solidarity with
          water protectors!<br>
          Chase Iron Eyes<br>
          Co-Director and Lead Counsel<br>
          The Lakota People’s Law Project</p>
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