In November, 2013, Lakota People's Law Project came to Washington DC. Our South Dakota Attorney Chase Iron Eyes spoke on behalf of President Brian Brewer (Pine Ridge) and Chairman David Archambault (Standing Rock). Shirley Poor Thunder, a retired G-14 government official, brought her intimate knowledge of the Department of the Interior and Health and Human Services. Roxanne Two Bulls, a leader of LOWO on Pine Ridge which runs foster care services for the reservation, made clear that the framework for Tribal foster care is in place. Daniel Sheehan and Sara Nelson attended as Chief Legal Counsel and Executive Director of Lakota People's Law Project.
LPLP was met by President Brian Brewer and Chairman Dave Archambault, and NPR's Laura Sullivan. Our delegation met with the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Interior (DOI), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Maria Cantwell. Our goal was to start building an inter-agency agreement to fund foster care planning grants for all nine reservations in South Dakota. This goal is now on a fast track and close to becoming a reality. We also met with NPR's Stu Seidel and Robert Little to thank them for their coverage of the ongoing story in South Dakota. A link to a short video about the trip is also provided above.
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Chase Iron Eyes Delevers Petitions Lakota People's Law Project NCAI Press Conference
Lakota People's Law Project at the Free Leonard Peltier Rally outside the Department of the Interior