Recent Accomplishments

October, 2014

In an Historic moment, two Lakota tribes receive federal title IV-E planning grants. The Oglala (Pine Ridge) and Standing Rock Sioux tribesbegin the two year process to build capacity for tribal foster care programs.

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Lakota mother wearing a red sweater and holding and kissing her babyEvery year in South Dakota the state 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.

Petition with MoveOn to "Free Lakota Children from State Kidnapping" Attracts Record Signatures From Across the Country, Keeps Pressure on South Dakota - More than 15,000 Sign in First Week!

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Our legal team is led by one of the most celebrated public advocates of the last 40 years, and our South Dakota staff includes one of the founding members of the American Indian Movement and a number of emerging Lakota leaders. Most importantly, we're all united by our goal of winning justice and renewal for the Oceti Sakowin—the People of the Seven Council Fires.