Tilsen says charges against him and other protesters to be dropped
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Lakota activist Nick Tilsen, who was arrested while leading a protest before former President Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore last year, says he has negotiated with prosecutors to drop charges against him and nearly twenty other protesters. The news comes from a release by the NDN Collective organization.
Tilsen was facing up to 17 years in prison for a combination of misdemeanors and felonies.
“This victory and the dropped charges are a direct result of the Movement showing up and standing up for all the Land Defenders who took a stand in the Ȟesápa (Black Hills) on July 3. Tens of thousands organized, called, donated to our legal and bail fund and signed the petitions to drop these charges, and we acknowledge their invaluable support,” said Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective President and CEO.