Justice for the Lakota People
Demand a New Environmental Impact Statement for DAPL
Right now it's time to stand, once again, with Standing Rock. Submit your public comment to the Army Corps of Engineers demanding a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). The just-released draft EIS is a sham, partially prepared by an American Petroleum Institute-affiliated company which opposed Standing Rock in support of DAPL. That’s a clear conflict of interest! Standing Rock says the draft EIS should be invalidated, and the oil flow stopped pending impartial review. This is urgent — the deadline for comments is Nov. 13 — and it may be our last, best chance to shut this pipeline down, once and for all.
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Winning Lakota Justice
For over a decade, we’ve been standing strong with the Lakota to counteract treaty violations, protect sovereignty, and confront systemic racism. We're helping to safeguard sacred lands and water, end the epidemic of children being removed from their families and traditions, and amplify Native voices.
- June 15, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Indian Child Welfare Act!
In a huge victory for Native families and sovereignty, the U.S. Supreme Court rejects a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)! Lakota Law is grateful for the decision and to the hundreds of thousands of supporters who took action to protect ICWA. https://www.npr.org/2023/06/15...
- April 28, 2023
Farewell to a Founder!
After nearly 20 years with Lakota Law, legendary activist and organization co-founder Madonna Thunder Hawk rides off into the sunset. We'll miss her warm spirit every day!
- September 22, 2022
Standing Rock and Lakota Law Launch Rez the Vote 2022
It's time to get out the Native Vote in 2022! Through our innovative Rezball3 nation-to-nation basketball tournament on Oct. 22-23, we're getting tribal nations together and to the polls. It's an exciting, first-of-it's kind event, to be live-streamed at give.lakotalaw.org.
- May 26, 2022
A Big Win for Native Voting Rights
A federal judge in South Dakota ruled in our favor that the state has repeatedly violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The judgment in this case, in which Lakota Law is a plaintiff, is a giant step forward in the battle to make sure Native voices are properly heard at the ballot box — especially in a state where Native Peoples make up nine percent of the population.
- March 2, 2022
Army meets with Great Sioux Nation to Discuss DAPL
Tribal input is finally asked for by U.S. government officials.
- February 28, 2022
Supreme Court Takes Up ICWA Case
Justices are expected to hear arguments on whether to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act this fall.