Lakota People's Law Project Attends the Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament in Rapid City. Our "Hearts On the Ground" film shown to thousands of Lakota families and athletes. LPLP interviewed former DSS workers on the unfairness of ICWA violations (Watch Video). Our team worked with President Brewer and Lakota allies to organize and educate.
In May, LPLP worked with SRST to organize the Great Plains ICWA Summit in Rapid City. Officials from the Bureau of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and Congress listened to the heartbreaking stories of native families' struggles with the Department of Social Services. Solutions were presented. However, chairs for South Dakota state officials were empty. (Watch the Recap)
"Hearts on the Ground" A short documentary by
Every 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.
New 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!
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.