Protect Tribal Health and Safety

Lakota communities, historically threatened at every turn, today face new dangers from environmental racism and COVID-19. We lead and support efforts to keep Lakota communities safe and secure.

Kristi Noem: Protect the People of South Dakota!

Sign our petition to SD Gov. Kristi Noem telling her to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously by enforcing a mask mandate and other basic safety measures now. It's time to save lives instead of taking them.

Making a Difference

Defending tribal COVID Checkpoints

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oglala and Cheyenne River Nations set up road checkpoints to keep their communities safe. LPLP assisted with media support when SD Gov. Kristi Noem refused to respect them.
23,000
supporters

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

Recovering from 2019’s bomb cyclones

We helped the Oglala Nation secure a pair of FEMA grants to restore the Pine Ridge reservation after flooding from a pair of late winter storms devastated it in 2019.
$2.3M
in FEMA grants

secured for Oglala Nation flood relief

Protecting Native families during COVID-19

The McLaughlin City Council shut off the White Mountain family’s power during the pandemic, so our supporters sent more than 17,000 emails and got it turned back on so they could be home safe.
17,091
people

sent emails to the McLaughlin City Council to protect Native families amid the pandemic.

Posted: May 21, 2020

Dispute over South Dakota tribal checkpoints escalates after Gov. Kristi Noem seeks federal help

NBC News

"Governor Noem's decision to escalate the tension right now over checkpoints doesn't make sense from a public health perspective," Chase Iron Eyes, a spokesman for Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner and lead counsel for the Lakota People's Law Project, said.

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