Every year the South Dakota Department of Social Services removes over 740 American Indian children from their homes, tearing them away from their families, their tribes, and their traditions. Since 2006 the Lakota People's Law Project has been waging a comprehensive campaign to stop the state's actions and win the return of these children.
Our MoveOn Petition to "Free Lakota Children from State Kidnapping" attracts record signatures from across the country and keeps pressure on Washington DC to make the necessary changes in South Dakota - More than 63,000 so far!
Our legal team is led by one of the most celebrated public advocates of the last forty years, and our South Dakota staff includes a founding member of the American Indian Movement and a number of emerging Lakota leaders. Most importantly, we are all united by our goal of obtaining justice and renewal for the Oceti Sakowin—the People of the Seven Council Fires.