Sophia Wilansky was one among the hundreds who got ambushed on Bridge 1806 by Morton County Police the night of November 20th, 2016. The group had initially organized an effort to relocate two vehicles that Dakota Access Pipeline workers had set ablaze to help police fortify a barrier to protect construction routes (prior to them placing numerous cement blockades on it) but police had begun attacking them with rubber bullets, firehoses and other riot weapons. Sophia had been struck by a concussion grenade which then exploded after impacting her arm leaving her in critical condition. The photos of her gruesome attack went viral as the extent of the damage was incredibly graphic.
Latest Legal Update: May 25th 2017
Update on the legal status: Formal notices of claim have been filed against the MCSD and Kyle Kirchmeir and other law enforcement entities for state tort claims and federal section 1983 civil rights claims. Additionally, a notice of claim has also been filed for libel, slander and defamation. This is the first step in a long legal process as we prepare to sue the various entities and people responsible for this horrific act.The filing of a notice of claim is a legal requirement in North Dakota before suing the various municipal and state defendants involved.
It's still difficult to control the pain but with long acting morphine and oxycodone it is most often tolerable. She is very brave and I witness that bravery on a daily basis as she goes through all the bandage changes and physical therapy in an effort for her to get strong enough to leave the hospital.
She wants to continue the fight for the indigenous communities and is so very grateful for the outpouring of support from those communities and so many others as well. She has received cards and letters from as far off as Australia and a small island off the coast of British Columbia. There have been prayer groups in different areas of the Country praying for her and sending light and healing energy to her. I am touched everyday by the warmth and generosity of the people of Minnesota. We have doctors in NY waiting to meet with her and plan her next steps and we hope and pray that they will be able to reattach her median nerve and some tendons and get some feeling and function into her arm and hand. Keep up the fight at Standing Rock and keep us in your hearts and prayers. Love and Light Always! - Wayne
You can assist with Sophia's medical expenses and help her prepare for her future here.
She is very grateful for all the letters of support she's been getting and she will be providing a new address once she's back home if you'd like to write to her during this time of healing.