Little Feather is from the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation and was raised in Santa Barbara, California. He has two pending federal criminal charges arising from an October 27, 2016 arrest at Standing Rock as a water protector and has been incarcerated without bond since March 9, 2017. One of the charges carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. If convicted of both charges, Little Feather was facing 15 years in prison. On February 8, 2018, he entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a joint recommendation of 36 months in prison. He remains incarcerated awaiting sentencing.