The Journey to Justice

Standing Rock changed the world

Our team supported the movement to safeguard the sacred, providing logistics, media support, and legal expertise to water protectors.
Posted: February 16, 2017

Dakota Access pipeline continues America’s oldest narrative: Cowboys vs. Indians

The Hill: op-ed by Chase Iron Eyes

On Dec. 3, 1875, the US Army ordered my Lakota ancestors back to the reservation, including Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and others who were out hunting at the time. The full might of the US military would subdue all those who did not comply. More than 140 years later, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a similar directive, in effect right now.

Greta and Tokata lead anti-KXL rally

Oct. 7, 2019, Rapid City, SD — After visiting Pine Ridge, Greta Thurnberg and Tokata Iron Eyes organize a rally in Rapid City to oppose KXL.
Posted: July 09, 2020

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Native American Rights in Oklahoma

The New York Times

Madonna Thunder Hawk, an organizer with the Lakota People’s Law Project, said the court’s decision and a recent federal ruling that ordered the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota had been cause for celebration. Just not too much.

“It’s a war for us,” she said. “There are some victories, but the war continues.”

Judge shuts down DAPL

July 6, 2020: After Lakota Law legal team submits an amicus curiae brief, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rules that DAPL must discontinue operations.
Posted: October 25, 2011

Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

National Public Radio

These are all the different people who had their kids taken away from their entire families," explains Sheehan, who works for the Lakota People's Law Project. "Not one of them has had their children left with a relative of any kind."

AOC joins Lakota Law and tribes in opposing KXL

May 16, 2019, Washington, D.C. — LPLP and Oglala Nation leaders meet with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the power of protest and stopping KXL.
Posted: May 07, 2020

COVID-19 and the climate crisis are intertwined threats to Native Americans and the Earth.

Environmental Health News: by Chase Iron Eyes

Within the past few weeks, Indigenous communities in the U.S. achieved a pair of substantial victories regarding pipelines. First, legal action by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe compelled a Federal judge in Washington, D.C., to revoke permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. Then another federal judge in Montana ruled that the environmental impact review process for the KCL pipeline was flawed and he halted its construction through domestic waterways.

Chase protests to return the Black Hills

July 3, 2020: Chase Iron Eyes faces a line of National Guard members during a protest against Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota.

Prosecutors drop all serious charges against Iron Eyes

LPLP's threat to expose collusion among oil companies, government, and militarized police results in a huge victory when ND court drops charges against Chase Iron Eyes.

Your Support Makes Justice Possible

During these uncertain times, your support is crucial to protecting Native rights and sovereignty. We need each other now more than ever. Wopila Tanka — Thank you for standing with the Lakota!

By the Numbers

16
years

the Lakota People's Law Project has worked to win justice with the Lakota

50,000+
people

emailed ND State's Attorney to demand he drop charges against all water protectors

23,000
supporters

emailed SD Gov. Kristi Noem to protect tribal COVID-19 checkpoints

$2.3M
in FEMA grants

secured for Oglala Nation flood relief

3,500
hours

of free technical assistance to Lakota families challenging ICWA violations

16
children

cared for in Lakota Law's Native-run foster care home on Standing Rock in 2020

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